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March 11, 2015

Bishop Luis Bambaren told a reporter that while openly gay Congressman Carlos Bruce may call himself ‘gay,’ in Peru the proper word for him is ‘maricon’ – the Spanish language equivalent of calling him a ‘faggot’

One of the most powerful Catholics in the South American nation of Peru has publicly used a homophobic slur to refer to his country’s first openly gay congressman in decrying attempts to allow legal recognition to same-sex couples.

Bishop Luis Bambaren’s comments were reported by Lamula.pe, who quoted him as saying, ‘I am totally against [the draft Civil Union bill]’

March 10, 2015

Catholic bishop says LGBTI people with children 'are not parents'

An Irish Catholic bishop said on Monday (9 March) that homosexuality was not part of God’s plan — like Down syndrome or spina bifida.

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran made the comments on NewsTalk Breakfast radio while urging his countrymen to vote against the upcoming referendum on gay marriage.

When asked whether God had intended for homosexuality, he replied: 'That would be to suggest that some people are born with Down’s syndrome or spina bifida, that that was what God intended.'

'The thing about it is, I can’t see it in the mind of God.'

February 26, 2015

Over 30,000 of the signatures come from Northern Ireland residents

Almost 150,000 people have signed a petition against Northern Ireland's proposed 'Freedom of Conscience' bill. 

In December, DUP minister Paul Given introduced the bill to the Northern Ireland legislative assembly, which would allow people with strongly held religious views to deny access to goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation. 

February 25, 2015

Our laws as they stand are having an unjust and disproportionate impact on those of religious faith', says Northern Ireland Bishop

The Catholic Church has spoken out in favour of a proposed equality clause that would permit anti-gay discrimination.

In December, DUP minister Paul Given introduced his Freedom of Conscience Bill to the Northern Ireland legislative assembly, which would allow people with strongly held religious views to deny access to goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation. 

February 10, 2015

His congregation are fighting for the pro-gay religious leader to stay

A Swiss priest has to leave his parish after giving a blessing to a lesbian couple.

Wendelin Bucheli, a priest in the municipality of Bürglen in the west of Switzerland, gave his blessings to a lesbian couple in October 2014 after discussing it with other members of the clergy.

But a bishop is angered by the priest's actions, for 'angering many believers', and is planning on punishing him by removing him from the village.

Bucheli's congregation are supporting him and are fighting his forced relocation.

January 12, 2015

It is the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film

The winner of the 2015 Iris Prize will receive a bigger cash reward, organizers announced today (12 January).

The LGBTI short film awards, which are supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation, will raise the prize from £25,000 ($38,000, €32000) to £30,000 (€38,000, $45,000).

Together with sponsorship from Pinewood Studios, Gorilla Post and Martin Briggs, there is now a total prize fund of £45,000 ($68,000/€57,600).

January 7, 2015

A disciplinary hearing against retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has ended with a ‘just resolution’ and no further action will be taken against him over his presiding over a same-sex wedding in 2013

The United Methodist Church of the United States has adopted a live-and-let-live attitude on a complaint against one of its retired bishops who married a gay couple in Alabama in 2013 with the church this week issuing a statement declaring the complaint resolved.

January 7, 2015

A disciplinary hearing against retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has ended with a ‘just resolution’ and no further action will be taken against him over his presiding over a same-sex wedding in 2013

The United Methodist Church of the United States has adopted a live-and-let-live attitude on a complaint against one of its retired bishops who married a gay couple in Alabama in 2013 with the church this week issuing a statement declaring the complaint resolved.

December 31, 2014

Bishop of Antwerp Johan Bonny wants the Catholic Church to find ways to give formal recognition to the love and commitment that same-sex couples have for each other short of marriage and hopes the church will one day give them its blessing

A leading Belgian Catholic Bishop has called for his faith to find ways of formally recognizing same-sex couples in the church while maintaining that heterosexual marriages must continue to occupy a special place.

December 4, 2014

Catholic church launches a 16-page pastoral statement against gay marriage

The Irish church has said the legalization of gay marriage would be a 'grave injustice' in a 16-page pastoral statement it is distributing ahead of a referendum on the issue early next year.

The pamphlet, titled The Meaning of Marriage, was launched yesterday (3 December) at the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference in Maynooth, and is currently being distributed to more than 1,300 parishes across the country.

The statement said that 'to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.'

November 29, 2014

Fr Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, likens gay relationships to ‘sexual friendships’, and says that although he is in favor of inheritance and visitation rights for long-term couples, is against same-sex marriage or adoption rights

With Ireland set to hold a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage in early 2015, an increasing number of its religious leaders are weighing in on the debate.

The latest is the recently appointed Bishop of Elphin, Fr Kevin Doran – one of the country’s most senior Roman Catholic bishops.

October 18, 2014

'Personally I would have been very worried and saddened if there hadn't been these ... animated discussions ... or if everyone had been in agreement or silent in a false and acquiescent peace'

Catholic bishops failed to pass paragraphs supporting a more tolerant attitude toward gays.

Senior church officials were in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The softer stance toward LGBTI Catholics could not gain the required two-thirds majority to pass.

October 6, 2014

Among those getting married are Oklahoma couple who in 2004 filed suit to overturn state ban

It was back in 2004 that Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin sued to get a marriage license in Oklahoma.

On Monday (6 October), they finally got it.

The couple were among the many in several states across the US to were able to obtain marriage licenses shortly after the US Supreme Court let stand the overturning of state marriage bans in Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Colorado also began to issue licenses.

August 18, 2014

John Baptist Odama, the bishop of the Church in Gulu, has reminded Ugandans that homosexuals are also human beings created in the image of God

A Uganda archbishop has taken an unusual stance in his country, calling on people to not harm gay people.

John Baptist Odama, the bishop of the Church in Gulu, has reminded Ugandans that homosexuals are also human beings created in the image of God.

‘Let us learn to love God’s human creatures. It is not that I am advocating for homosexual practice in the country, but we should not take laws into our hands to harm and hate the homosexuals because we all have weaknesses,’ he has said.

August 17, 2014

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson also criticised Christian homophobia in a debate at St John's Church, Kidlington

The Bishop of Buckingham has shown his support to same-sex marriage.

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, already known as a supporter for LGBTI rights within the Church of England, gave his support during a debate at St John’s Church in Kidlington concerning marriage equality.

Speaking to worshippers at the church, Dr Wilson said ‘The root of marriage is not sex but companionship.

August 3, 2014

The fact that the UK is to get a national sperm bank appears to have upset The Daily Mail – leading to a front page headline that has prompted outrage

Last weekend, Gay Star News reported on the opening of the world’s first national sperm bank: a new initiative that will be run as a joint venture between the UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The bank will recruit sperm donors and help women and couples experiencing fertility problems or who may need donor sperm to extend a family.

July 26, 2014

Peter Tatchell has warned that he would name Anglican bishops he believes to be in same-sex relationships should they discipline members of the clergy who have entered into same-sex marriages

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell says he has compiled a list of Anglican bishops he believes are in same-sex relationships and has threatened to reveal their identities publicly if they discipline homosexual clergy for marrying their partners.

Last month hospital chaplain Jeremy Pemberton had his license to preach revoked by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham after marrying his partner Laurence Cunningham earlier this year.

July 20, 2014

Colleen Simon, who worked in the food pantry and helped the homeless, was sacked after marrying a woman

A woman who was fired by a Catholic food pantry in Kansas City, Missouri, for being gay is taking the diocese and its bishop to court.

 

July 17, 2014

Raul Vera Lopez, Catholic bishop of Saltillo, has said that it is homophobia, not gay people that is a sickness in society

Raul Vera Lopez, Catholic bishop of Saltillo, Mexico, has spoken out against homophobia in an interview with El Pais.

The newspaper asked Bishop Lopez his views on the issue after it was made public that he had baptized the daughter of a lesbian couple.

When asked what his stance on the issue of homosexuality was, Lopez replied, ‘That is a topic that we have refused to address.’

July 10, 2014

Flint Dollar was told 'that if I was to return it would be against the teachings of the Catholic Church'

Flint Dollar, a popular music teacher at a Catholic school in Macon, Georgia, is suing after his teaching contract was not renewed after four years.

The reason: he is gay and announced on Facebook that he was going to marry his partner this summer.

Although he had been open with school administrators since he came Mount de Sales Academy, there was now a problem and he found himself called into the office of the school president.

July 5, 2014

The greatest opposition to same-sex unions in Taiwan is coming from a small but extremely vocal and organized Christian minority, says Taipei Times report

Given its relatively small numbers, Christian organizations are forming alliances with Taoist and Buddhist groups to influence government policy on same-sex marriage.

The main drivers behind last year's anti-same-sex-marriage demonstration on Nov 30, which attracted tens of thousands of people and reportedly one of the largest mobilizations of Taiwan’s religious groups in recent years, comprised Christian, Taoist and Buddhist groups.

June 22, 2014

As part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month, Rev Dr Cameron Partridge will be the first transgender pastor to preach at the historic Washington National Cathedral

The Rev Dr Cameron Partridge will become the first openly transgender priest to preach at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 22, in a service led by Rev Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be elected a bishop.

The service is part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month and will include readings and prayers offered by members of the local LGBT community.

June 22, 2014

UK priest Jeremy Pemberton has had some of his duties as a priest revoked by bishops because he is in a same-sex marriage with another man

A UK Anglican priest has had some of his authority as a clergyman stripped away, after bishops learned he is married to another man.

Jeremy Pemberton is an openly gay priest who was one of the first members of the clergy to enter into a same-sex marriage in April of this year, a month after gay marriage was legalized in England and Wales.

June 18, 2014

‘Do not give dogs what is holy,’ a bishop has said, describing homosexuality as a 'disgrace'

A Greek bishop has condemned Gay Pride as a ‘perversion of human existence’.

Anthimos, the bishop of Thessaloniki, has condemned the city celebrating LGBTI rights.

The festivities will take place this Friday and Saturday (20-21 June) in Greece’s second largest city.

‘Do not give dogs what is holy,’ he has said, a line from the gospel of Matthew.

‘Show respect that my position and life is wholly dedicated to the church and the people and respect the fact that I’m well behaved, so don't associate me with this disgrace. Enough.