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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 23, 2014

White US evangelical Protestants continue to be the most resistant to same-sex marriage when compared to other Christians

Black US Protestants are becoming more comfortable with marriage equality.

A survey by the Pew Research Center shows that, when compared to last year, more and more mainline Christians approve of gay marriage.

The most significant difference is with black Protestants.

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 14, 2014

He's Irish, he's gay and was one of the most intelligent men to have ever lived. Celebrate St Patrick's Day on 17 March by putting down the Guinness and picking up the poetry book

1. True friends stab you in the front.

2. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

3. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

4. A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

5. The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

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.

March 9, 2014

'He didn’t come right out and say he was for them'

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan warned that Pope Francis' recent comments about civil unions does not mean the pontiff has decided to change church doctrine.

In a 9 March interview on the NBC News program Meet the Press, Dolan pointed out the pope was asking an open ended question.

March 5, 2014

But head of Catholic church reiterates ;marriage is between a man and a woman'

Pope Francis has told an Italian newspaper that the Catholic church might find civil unions between same-sex couples acceptable.

The Pope was sure to reiterate to the large Italian daily, Corriere della Sera that 'marriage is between a man and a woman.'

March 3, 2014

Jack Evans and George Harris were married at Midway Hills Christian Church in Texas on Saturday after 53 years together – though their marriage will not yet be recognized by the state

Gay couple George Harris and Jack Evans were married on Sunday after 53 years together by a United Methodist priest who has put his pension and credentials as a clergyman on the line in order to conduct the ceremony.

Harris, 80, and Evans, 84, met in Dallas in 1961 and have been together ever since.

They were married 1 March at Midway Hills Christian Church.

February 18, 2014

Ronald Plishka survived heart attack and is still furious: 'The doctors came in and told me to calm down or I’m going to have another heart attack'

Lifelong Catholic Ronald Plishka thought the end was near after he suffered a heart attack earlier this month and asked a nurse at the hospital to summon a priest.

Plishka, a 63 year old from Washington DC, wanted to be administered communion and last rites.

The priest, working as a chaplain at D.C.’s Washington Hospital Center,  allegedly refused after Plishka mentioned that he is gay.

February 7, 2014

Missouri lesbian Carol Parker has been refused communion during her mother’s funeral because the priest objected to her 20 year relationship with partner Josie Martin

Missouri woman Carol Parker was told she would not be allowed to receive the Catholic rite of communion at her mother’s funeral after the parish priest noticed her mother’s obituary mentioned her long term partner Josie Martin.

Parker’s mother passed away 26 December and Father Benjamin Kneib of Columban Catholic Church in Chillicothe, Missouri noticed the obituary for her 30 December funeral and so called Parker to tell her that she would not be allowed communion during the funeral – or in future.

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.

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 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 20, 2013

The Rev. Frank Schaefer was stripped of his clerical credentials on Thursday after he remained unrepentant about presiding over his son’s 2007 same-sex marriage

The Rev. Frank Schaefer was defrocked by the US’ United Methodist Church after he remained unrepentant after completing a 30 day suspension over his presiding over his gay son’s wedding in 2007.

Schaefer told the church’s ministry board that he could not say that he supported the United Methodist Book of Discipline in its entirety because of what it said about people in same-sex relationships.

Schaefer has said that he will appeal the decision and has said that he does not intend the leave the United Methodists for a more inclusive church.

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 17, 2013

Magazine calls the Catholic pointiff the 'single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people'

The Advocate, the oldest LGBTI publication in the US, named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Monday (16 December).

The magazine placed a NoH8 campaign tattoo on the cheek of the head of the Catholic Church for its cover illustration along with the quote 'If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge.'

Such sentiments are a dramatic reversal from the anti-gay rhetoric of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI who had once written that homosexuality was 'intrinsically evil.'

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.

November 21, 2013

Over 24,000 people have signed a petition organized by a group of United Methodist pastors who want their church’s leadership to stop penalizing clergy who marry same-sex couples

Progressive US Christian group Faithful America will present a petition on Thursday of over 24,000 signatures backing United Methodist clergy who want to be able to marry same-sex couples without fear of being disciplined by the church hierarchy or losing their jobs.

November 19, 2013

Pastor could be defrocked for refusing to never perform another same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

A jury has pronounced a pastor ‘guilty’ for violating and disobeying church law when he officiated a same-sex marriage for his son.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor in Pennsylvania, faced a jury of 13 other pastors as he was accused of presiding over the marriage ceremony in 2007.

He will learn what sanctions or penalties are lodged against him today (19 November).

While the 51-year-old pleaded not guilty, he said he was proud to have officiated at his son’s wedding.

November 11, 2013

Loving dad's trial could be dropped if he promises to never perform another same-sex marriage, but he says the love he has for his son is stronger than the love he has for the Church

A pastor might be fired for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor in Pennsylvania, is accused of presiding over the marriage ceremony in 2007.

The 51-year-old, who does not deny presiding over the wedding, said his love for his son and God’s command to love everyone trumped over supposed church doctrine.

‘I love him so much and didn’t want to deny him that joy,’ he said.

November 1, 2013

The Vatican is surveying Catholics around the world to assess their views on how to approach same-sex couples and their families in the church and how to approach other issues of controversy for Catholics – suggesting Pope Francis I may be preparing for reform in the church

The Vatican under Pope Francis I is conducting a worldwide consultation with Catholics on how to approach a range of social issues including homosexuality, contraception and divorce ahead of a 2014 Extraordinary General Session of the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

The extraordinary synod will discuss ‘pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization,’ and will be only the third such synod since 1965 when synods were reinstated by Pope Paul VI.

The last was held by Pope John Paul II in 1981.