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January 9, 2014

Former Irish president says that gay priests in the Catholic Church are ‘not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants’ in criticizing the church’s approach to homosexuality

Ex-Irish president Mary McAleese has criticized the Catholic Church for being in denial about gay people for decades and called for disgraced Scottish cardinal Keith O’Brien to come out as gay and tell his life story.

McAleese told the Royal Society of Edinburgh that there were so many gay priests in the church the issue was ‘not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants.’

March 24, 2013

The four men who suffered abuse by Britain's top Catholic Cardinal reject allegations that they were seeking revenge over his anti-gay speech

The four men whose complaints about Cardinal Keith O’Brien's sexual misconduct lead to his resignation deny allegations they were part of a ‘gay lobby’ plotting ‘revenge’ for the cleric’s anti-gay stance.

In a report published today (24 March) by the Observer the four rejected reports quoting church sources who alleged the cardinal had been forced to quit by a ‘cabal of gay priests’ angry at his anti gay rants.

March 17, 2013

Cardinal O'Brien accused of attempting to grope a priest during a Rome drinking party, while serving as Cardinal

Cardinal Keith O’Brien is alleged to have attempted to grope a priest in Rome on the night of a drinks party celebrating him becoming a ‘prince of the Church’ in October 2003.

The party where O’Brien allegedly tried to grope a man was attended by a noteable bishops and dignitaries.

This is the first direct allegation against the Cardinal and sexual misconduct at the heart of the Catholic Church.

March 8, 2013

As the cardinals start to gather for the conclave to elect the next pope, we give a run-down of the top popefuls and find a bleak picture on LGBT issues

As the red-robed cardinals gather in their conclave to choose the next pope, it is clear homosexuality will be a key issue facing the future head of the Catholic church.

Pope Benedict XVI’s reign was marked not just by the biggest child sex abuse scandal in the history of the world but also by increasing challenges to the church’s traditional stance on LGBT issues.

Benedict opposed homosexuality and gay marriage, and in January 2013 stated:

March 6, 2013

It's Spring and the team gather in a coffee shop on Tottenham Court Road to talk in-laws, a Gay Disney Wedding in Japan, the disgraced Keith O'Brien and all the GayStarNews.

It's Spring and the team gather in a coffee shop on Tottenham Court Road to talk in-laws, a Gay Disney Wedding in Japan, the disgraced Keith O'Brien and all the GayStarNews.

Plus an interview with Faye Tozer from Steps about her new West End role and playing the fame game in Steps.

March 5, 2013

Cardinal O'Brien, who has admitted to sexual misconduct, has been told by the Church to live as a hidden hermit and may face police investigation

The Catholic Church has told Cardinal Keith O'Brien that he is not to set foot in Scotland again and live the rest of his life as a hermit in a hidden address in England.

The cleric also faces a potential police investigation and a Vatican inquiry after admitting that his 'sexual conduct fell well below the standards expected of a priest and archbishop', throwing the Catholic Church in Scotland into crisis.

March 4, 2013

Gay rights group demand that Cardinal Keith O'Brien apologizes for his anti-gay stance. Suggestions he may need therapy

LGBT rights campaigners have demanded Cardinal Keith O'Brien apologizes for his 'vicious' gay hate propaganda after he admitted he had engaged in sexual 'acts' with his own male priests.

While O'Brien has come forward, acknowledging and apologising for sexual misconduct following the allegations by four priests and one former priest, LGBT rights campaigners says this does not go far enough.

March 3, 2013

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric acknowledges 'my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest'

Cardinal Keith O'Brien has come forward acknowledging sexual misconduct with other priests throughout his tenure.

According to BBC, the cardinal said in a statement issued through the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland:

'In recent days certain allegations which have been made against me have become public. Initially, their anonymous and non-specific nature led me to contest them.

August 26, 2012

Catholic priests are reading out a letter condemning marriage equality and attacking Scotland's government

Catholic priests will be reading out a letter attacking government plans to legalize gay marriage today (26 August).

Firing off their major weapon in its ‘war’ against marriage equality, the Catholic Church has produced the letter to be read out in each of Scotland’s parishes in celebration of ‘National Marriage Sunday’.

The letter states their ‘deep disappointment that the Scottish Government has decided to redefine marriage and legislate for same sex marriage.’

July 25, 2012

Scotland will be first part of UK to legalize same-sex marriage. UPDATE: Full reactions from LGBT campaigners, faith leaders and politicians

Scotland has confirmed it will legalize gay marriage, becoming the first part of the UK to do so.

A bill on the issue will be brought forward in the country's parliament this September.

Today’s decision (25 July) comes after cabinet members of the Scottish National Party (SNP) government met earlier this month to discuss the measures.

Despite widespread support for a change in the law, there has been fierce opposition from some religious leaders and clerics.

July 20, 2012

Cardinal Keith O'Brien strikes back in his 'war' on same-sex marriage, slamming the Scottish government's refusal to hold a referendum on the issue

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the UK, Cardinal Keith O’Brien has launched a new attack in his 'war' on same-sex marriage.

This time he's aiming at the Scottish government's rejection of his demand to hold a referendum on marriage equality.

July 17, 2012

Scottish government will announce its desicion by the end of the month. LGBT campaigners criticise the delay

The Scottish government has not announced a decision on same-sex marriage following a cabinet meeting to discuss the issue.

Cabinet members of the Scottish National Party (SNP) government met at the First Minister's official residence at Bute House in Edinburgh to discuss same-sex marriage.

A Scottish government spokesperson said: 'This is an important issue and it is right that cabinet takes the time to get both the principle and the detail of the decision right.'

July 17, 2012

Ministers in Scotland's cabinet are expected to begin discussing legalizing same-sex marriage today ahead of announcing legislation

Scottish ministers are expected to discuss legalizing same-sex marriage in the country when the cabinet meets today (17 July).

Pro-gay marriage ministers from the Scottish National Party will announce legislation following the results of a consultation this week, with a finalized bill likely to appear by 2013.

Unlike England and Wales’ proposals, it is planned Scottish churches will be able to bless gay unions but would be free to opt-out.

May 11, 2012

GSN takes an in-depth look at the fight for same-sex marriage in Scotland – a battle with important lesson for equality campaigners worldwide

Moves towards gay marriage in England and Wales have been making big headlines but many south of the border don’t realize that Scotland has been having it’s own battle on the issue and is actually leading the way.