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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 11, 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.

June 16, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin bishop Robert C Morlino has claimed that allowing same-sex couples to marry will unleash a domino effect that will destroy civilization

Wisconsin state Catholic bishop for the city of Madison, Robert C Morlino, has claimed that allowing same-sex marriage threatens the very fabric of civilization and will set off a domino effect that will destroy its institutions.

Bishop Morlino made the comments in an online statement published by the Madison Catholic Herald reacting to a Federal Court judge’s 6 June decision to strike down that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

June 12, 2014

A Moldovan Orthodox bishop has been fined after he called for LGBTIs to be banned from working in schools, restaurants and hospitals, claiming nearly all of them are infected with HIV

The Orthodox Christian bishop of Balti and Falesti has been fined by a Moldovan court over controversial claims he made about LGBTI people in September of 2012 in a landmark ruling.

Bishop Markel had called for LGBTI people to be banned from working in education, food preparation and the health industry, making the astounding claim that, ‘92% of them are AIDS-HIV patients [sic].’

May 26, 2014

The auxiliary Catholic bishop of Brasilia and general secretary of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil says his church would be willing to support civil unions but draws the line at calling them marriages

Bishop Leonardo Steiner has become the first national level leader in the Catholic Church to publicly accept the recognition of same-sex couples with civil unions while still opposing sex between people outside of marriage.

Steiner made the comments in an interview with O Globo, saying ‘The Church is always changing.’

May 19, 2014

The Catholic Church in New Zealand plans to promote a documentary in which celibate gay Catholics encourage other LGBTIs to remain celibate, saying they should love God instead of each other

New Zealand’s Catholic Church plans to use a new documentary to encourage Catholic gays and lesbians to not act on their feelings, telling them to love God instead.

New Zealand Bishops Conference secretary Bishop Patrick Dunn told the Catholic News Agency that he planned to use The Third Way documentary to minister to Catholics who are attracted to people of the same-sex.

‘The initial response has been overwhelmingly positive, especially for such a controversial topic,’ Dunn said.

May 18, 2014

Irish bishop Dr Paul Colton has said the church of Ireland is ‘not at all up to pace with the debate’ on gay marriage 

A Church of Ireland bishop has come forward and said he supports same-sex marriage.

Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, was speaking to BBC Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence programme about his views on gay marriage.

‘The events in society are moving very rapidly and the church is not at all up to pace with the debate’ he said.

‘I certainly support civil same sex marriage.

May 13, 2014

Two South Sudanese Anglican bishops have warned their church would have to sever ties with the Church of England if it begins blessing same-sex couples as it will result in violence against Christians

Two South Sudanese Anglican bishops have warned the Church of England against blessing the marriages of same-sex couples – saying their church would have to end its association with it if it did.

Wau Diocese Bishop Moses Deng Bol warned that his church members would be tarred by association with the Church of England by other Africans who would subject them to sectarian violence.

May 4, 2014

Homophobic jokes and insults on Twitter cost 2 candidates their careers as one resigns and the other is suspended

In as many days, 2 UK political candidates have left their respective parties after their homophobic Twitter messages were unearthed.

David Bishop, a Tory candidate who hoped for election in Brentwood South, Essex, had to step down from his position after his anti-gay and racist tweets were revealed.

On 13 April, Bishop retweeted this message: ‘How CAN a gay guy keep a straight face?’

He was also exposed as tweeting anti-Islamic messages.

‘#Islam 'the religion of peace' & rape’ he tweeted on 27 April.

May 4, 2014

'It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples'

Bishop Gene Robinson, whose election as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in 2003 rocked Anglican Communion, has announced his divorce from his husband Mark Andrew.

Robinson and Andrew, who have been partners for 25 years, were married in a private civil union in 2008. They became legally married when they didn’t opt out of the change in state law due to changes in New Hampshire same-sex marriage laws that automatically converted civil unions to marriages in 2010.

May 3, 2014

Michael Perham spoke about the ‘harsh and negative’ attitude the Church took towards same-sex marriage and gay Christians 

The Bishop of Gloucester has addressed the Church’s treatment of LGBT people, apologizing for shunning them and asking the Church to be more accepting of them.

Right Revd Michael Perham was speaking at Gloucester’s Diocesan Synod on 1 May.

During his speech, Perham asked for ‘gracious restraint’ from the Church after offending so many LGBT Christians with their stance on same-sex marriage, the Gloucestershire Echo reports.

May 1, 2014

Head of the Catholic Church will ask bishops on their findings after speaking to their congregations about what they think about family life

Pope Francis has called on his bishops to meet in order to discuss same-sex relationships, divorce and contraception.

Last year, the leader of the Catholic Church directed bishops around the world to speak to their flocks about family life.

In a meeting planned for this October at the Vatican, the religious leaders will put forward their findings.

April 29, 2014

Vivienne Faull, the Dean of York, has said she would have no problem blessing same-sex unions – and has revealed she has done so in the past

The woman most hotly tipped to be the Church of England’s first woman bishop has issued a stark warning to elders over their stance against gay marriage.

Vivienne Faull, the Dean of York, has said she would have no problem blessing same-sex unions – and has revealed she has done so in the past.

She has encouraged bishops to relax their attitudes on same-sex marriage, fearing if they do not then it could ‘cost’ the Church of England dearly.

April 15, 2014

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday

President Barack Obama chose a gay bishop to lead an Easter prayer yesterday (14 April).

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday.

The breakfast marks the beginning of the Holy Week at the White House, a tradition started by Obama Administration in 2010.

‘I want to thank you for your ministries, for your good works, for the marching you do for justice and dignity and inclusion,’ Obama said, before closing with a jokey prayer.

April 5, 2014

Karina Villarroel and Soledad Ortiz will become the first lesbian married couple to have their child baptized in the Catholic faith today, with Argentininian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner agreeing to act as godmother

An Argentinian lesbian married couple has received approval from a Catholic archbishop for their baby daughter to be baptized today (5 April).

It is believed to be the first baptism of a child with same-sex parents in the South American country, which made gay marriage legal in 2010.

Argentina’s pro-gay President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has agreed to act as godmother to Karina Villarroel and Soledad Ortiz’s 2 month old baby daughter Umma.

April 3, 2014

Bishop’s conference publicly rejected the proposition of MPs being denied communion for voting in favor of marriage equality

Catholic MPs will not be punished by the church for being in favor of gay marriage.

After some members of parliament in the UK supported same-sex marriage in England and Wales, the Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan accused them of being ‘grave sinners.’

However, yesterday (2 April) The Catholic Conference of England announced they have ‘no plans’ to side with the bishop and deny politicians Holy Communion.

March 30, 2014

Bishop Alan Wilson urged gay clergy to take a stand and marry their partners, despite the Church of England banning gay clergy from marrying

A UK bishop has slammed the Church of England’s stance on gay marriage, saying that gay clergy should defy the Church and marry their partners.

Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, believes LGBT clergy can find their way around the Chruch restrictions on gay marriage, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

‘For them to get married is following a deeply conscientious path’ he said.

March 27, 2014

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw urges the Church of England to be more clear on whether priests will be punished for marrying their same-sex partners

Church of England is being told it needs to make it clear whether it will sack a priest for marrying a same-sex partner.

Ben Bradshaw, a gay Labour MP, has accused the Church of ‘trying to have its cake and eat it’ by accepting same-sex marriage for members, but not for clergy.

Raising the question in the House of Commons today (27 March), the former cabinet minister asked how the Church would discipline any who disobey its ruling.

March 20, 2014

Shrewsbury bishop Mark Davies has previously warned gay marriage will lead UK 'into darkness' and compared homosexuality to Nazism

A UK bishop has said the reason Catholics who oppose gay marriage is not because they want to restrict rights, but because they ‘love’.

Mark Davies, a Catholic bishop in Shrewsbury, has defended his recent statements on homosexuality, such as comparing it to Nazism.

His new comments come as England and Wales gay couples, the first in the UK, are preparing to get legally married on 29 March.