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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.

March 19, 2014

GSN sources say past gay ‘cures’ by the Anglican Church in Uganda have included beatings and exorcisms to draw out gay demons

The Church of Uganda will be setting up ‘gay cure’ groups after returning ‘resources’ given to them by the Church of England.

They may even be performing ‘exorcisms’ and beatings, according to experts.

It shows the Anglican community in the east African country is distancing itself from the mother church in the UK, which has called on it to be more gay-friendly.

President Yoweri Museveni praised bishops of the Anglican Church recently for their support and campaigning to pass the anti-gay legislation.

March 17, 2014

Inspirational advocates from across Asia share their stories at landmark awards ceremony in Singapore

Asia’s LGBTI heroes have been honored at the first Asian Pink Awards in Singapore.

Campaigners and company representatives flew in from all over the region and as far away as Europe for the event last night (16 March), organized by Asian gay men’s magazine Element.

Among those honored was A-Mei, the hit Taiwanese singer who held a free concert in 2013 to support same-sex marriage.

Another singer, Laure Shang, a past winner of the Chinese Supergirls contest and an LGBTI advocate was also given an award.

March 11, 2014

A grateful Reverend Thomas Ogletree called what he did 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love'

A retired United Methodist Church minister in New York will not be prosecuted for officiating the wedding of his gay son, the church announced Monday (10 March)

Thomas Ogletree, 80, calls presiding over the wedding of his son in October 2012 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love.'

The wedding announcement appeared in The New York Times leading to a complaint being filed against Ogletree who is is a former dean of the Yale Divinity School.

February 28, 2014

Australia’s Foreign Minister has written to her Ugandan counterpart to raise her concerns about the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that jails gay repeat offenders for life

Australia has voiced its concern over the treatment of LGBTI people in Uganda but has limited leverage as it provides no development aid to the country’s government.

It was revealed in a Senate estimates committee that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had written to the Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa on Wednesday to complain about the signing into law of the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill by President Yoweri Museveni,

January 31, 2014

The leaders of the Anglican Church in Uganda and Kenya have warned the Church of England to back off on LGBTI issues after the Archbishop of Canterbury reminded them of their responsibility to support and care for gay people

African bishops have reacted to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s letter reminding them of their duty to LGBTI people, with the bishops of Uganda and Kenya telling the Church of England to back off on having a conversation about whether same-sex relationships could be tolerated in the church.

January 31, 2014

The leaders of the Anglican Church in Uganda and Kenya have warned the Church of England to back off on LGBTI issues after the Archbishop of Canterbury reminded them of their responsibility to support and care for gay people

African bishops have reacted to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s letter reminding them of their duty to LGBTI people, with the bishops of Uganda and Kenya telling the Church of England to back off on having a conversation about whether same-sex relationships could be tolerated in the church.

January 30, 2014

The head of the global Anglican Communion has written to African bishops to tell them to treat LGBTI people with dignity ahead of a trip to Africa

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York yesterday wrote to the heads of all the national churches in the global Anglican Communion - reminding them of a 2005 commitment they made to the pastoral support and care of gay people ahead of a trip by Archbishop Justin Welby to Africa.

Welby is visiting Africa for a five day trip in which he will be meeting Anglican leaders in South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

January 1, 2014

Episcopal bishop the Rev Otis Charles, who became the first Christian bishop to come out as gay to fight for LGBTI rights in 1993, passed away 26 December

The Rev Otis Charles, a prominent advocate for LGBTI rights from the US Episcopal Church has died following a brief illness.

Charles passed away 26 December in the company of family members at San Francisco’s Coming Home Hospice aged 87.

Charles became the first ever bishop to come out publicly as gay in 1993 soon after his retirement and became a vocal proponent for LGBTI equality from within the Episcopal Church.

December 29, 2013

Papal Nuncio to Uganda, Archbishop Michael Blume, has voiced his concerns about the Anti-Homosexuality Bill recently passed by the country’s parliament but yet to be signed by President Yoweri Museveni

Pope Francis’ representative to Uganda has expressed his shock at lawmakers passing a bill that would see people imprisoned for life for having gay sex, reiterating the church’s opposition to the bill.

Papal Nuncio to Uganda Archbishop Michael Blume was written to by Divine Word Missionaries Brother Brian McLauchlin on 21 December, asking him to speak to Catholic bishops in the country about the law’s potential to abuse people’s human rights.

December 29, 2013

Same-sex unions ‘have laid the groundwork for the destruction of marriage and the family’ writes Roman Catholic Bishop Casimiro López Llorente in end-of-year letter

A Spanish Roman Catholic bishop has claimed same-sex marriage is responsible for ‘the destruction of the family’ and ‘the significant increase in children with severe disturbances of personality’.

Casimiro López Llorente, bishop of the Segorbe-Castellón diocese in Spain, attacked marriage equality in his final pastoral letter of the year.

In the letter, titled The Good News of Marriage and the Family, Lopez says ‘with the exclusion of any reference to the difference between men and women, free rein is given to unions between persons of the same sex’.

December 23, 2013

Days after he was stripped of his ministerial credentials for conducting his son’s same-sex ceremony five years ago, Rev Frank Schaefer says it’s ‘incredible’ he’s received a job offer from a California bishop

The same church that fired Rev Frank Schafer for officiating his gay son’s marriage has now offered to re-issue his license.

Defrocked last week by the Pennsylvania United Methodist Church because he performed his son’s same-sex marriage in 2007, Schafer is ‘seriously considering’ an offer from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño in California.

December 22, 2013

Utah Episcopal bishop Scott Hayashi has welcomed the legalization of same-sex marriage by a Federal Court judge, saying that it recognizes the dignity of all Utahans

The Episcopal Church in Utah has welcomed the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state by a Federal Court judge, with the state’s bishop releasing a statement celebrating that gay and lesbian Utahans will be treated with the same dignity as other Utahans.

‘As the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, I rejoice that US District Judge Robert J Shelby has struck down Utah’s Amendment 3,’ Bishop Scott Hayashi said of the ruling.

December 18, 2013

Christian Concern's Andrea Minichiello Williams made a speech in Jamaica saying Tom Daley would still be straight if his father did not die of a brain tumour

The Church of England has openly condemned a British bishop who urged Jamaica to keep a law criminalizing homosexuality.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, founder of the United Kingdom’s Christian Concern, has travelled to Jamaica in order to congratulate the island nation on fending of foreign pressure to repeal the ban on gay sex.

She speaking at a conference organized by the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society and the Christian Lawyers’ Association in Kingston.

December 17, 2013

The editorial staff of the National Catholic Reporter have accused US Catholic bishops of being out of step with ordinary American Catholics on a range of social issues – most notably contraception and homosexuality

The editorial staff of the National Catholic Reporter say that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan was wrong when he said the church had been ‘out-marketed’ in the fight over same-sex marriage – writing that it was the Catholic leadership in the US which was out of step with the views of ordinary Catholics.

December 15, 2013

The Bishops’ Conference of the national Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church has backed a doctrinal clarification which would allow priests to marry same-sex couples if they choose to, supporting a new liturgy so that they can marry in churches

The Bishop’s Conference of the Norwegian national Evangelical Lutheran Church has backed efforts to allow same-sex couples to have religious weddings but will not force clergy who disagree with them to perform them.

The Bishop’s Conference of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church approved a doctrinal clarification recognizing same-sex marriage this week, with its central board voting unanimously in favor of the proposal.

December 9, 2013

Openly gay clergyman Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, reportedly missed appointment as the Church of England’s first gay bishop by a single vote

The Church of England was one vote away from appointing its first gay bishop.

The openly gay Dean of St Albans Dr Jeffrey John was one vote away from becoming the newest Bishop of Exter, according to The Times, replacing the Right Rev Michael Langrish.

Since the beginning of this year, John has been considered for high-ranking posts within the Anglican Church.

December 9, 2013

Openly gay clergyman Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, reportedly missed appointment as the Church of England’s first gay bishop by a single vote

The Church of England was one vote away from appointing its first gay bishop.

The openly gay Dean of St Albans Dr Jeffrey John was one vote away from becoming the newest Bishop of Exter, according to The Times, replacing the Right Rev Michael Langrish.

Since the beginning of this year, John has been considered for high-ranking posts within the Anglican Church.

December 2, 2013

A bishop is persecuting a Methodist minister who officiated at his son’s wedding. But one gay dad, who also conducts weddings, wants clemency

In 1990, I fell in love. I met a beautiful man named Paul who shared my values, my heart and my soul. We quickly knew that we intended to spend the rest of our lives together.

We were not looking for legal protection or rights, and the public conversation about same-sex marriage and marriage equality really had not even begun. We just sought to solemnize our relationship into a spiritual marriage.

December 2, 2013

A bishop is persecuting a Methodist minister who officiated at his son’s wedding. But one gay dad, who also conducts weddings, wants clemency

In 1990, I fell in love. I met a beautiful man named Paul who shared my values, my heart and my soul. We quickly knew that we intended to spend the rest of our lives together.

We were not looking for legal protection or rights, and the public conversation about same-sex marriage and marriage equality really had not even begun. We just sought to solemnize our relationship into a spiritual marriage.