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July 8, 2014

Russian Orthodox priest Alexander Shumsky has called the World Cup of football a ‘homosexual abomination,’ writing that players might as well be cross dressing because of their colorful shoes

Russian Orthodox priest Alexander Shumsky is glad his country has been knocked out of the World Cup because he says the event is homosexual propaganda.

Shumsky has warned that the bright colored shoes warn by teams are promoting the ‘gay rainbow’ and has dubbed the World Cup a ‘homosexual abomination.’

June 26, 2014

Jesuit Father Felipe Berrios has backed plans for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Chile, saying God loves gays and lesbians and is proud of who they are

Chilean Jesuit Father Felipe Berrios has announced his support for same-sex marriage in his homeland following his return from four years of missionary work in Burundi and the Congo.

Father Berrios made the comments in an interview with Emol.com following his return to Chile in which he expressed support for plans by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to legalize same-sex marriage and civil unions during her second term in the country’s top job.

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 14, 2014

Reverend Colin Coward honoured for his work campaigning for LGBTI equality in the Church of England

A gay UK priest has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his commitment to LGBTI equality in the Church of England.

The Rev Colin Coward is the founder and director of Changing Attitude England, which campaigns for equality for LGBTI people in the Church of England and the Anglican community in the UK.

Coward tweeted his delight at the accolade today (14 June).

‘thanks everyone for kind words - very cheering to wake up this morning to all your tweets ;-)’ he said.

May 17, 2014

Scottish minister Jeremy Middleton will challenge a proposal to allow gay ministers to be elected by their congregation, in an attempt to ban LGBTI clergy from Scottish churches

A Scottish minister wants gay clergy banned from serving in Scottish parishes, despite the fact last year it was agreed congregations could choose a gay minister if they wanted.

A new compromise, put forward to encourage greater acceptance of LGBTI ministers in Church of Scotland parishes last year, said if a vacancy for a minister arose then individual congregations could choose if they wanted a gay priest to fill the position.

April 18, 2014

Gay priest Reverend Richard Coles accidentally tweeted a link to a porn website in his morning Easter tweets

Reverend Richard Coles Twitter followers were sent to a porn website instead of a picture of Jesus, in an unfortunate Twitter mistake this morning (18 April).

Gay British priest Richard Coles had an embarrassing Twitter mishap this morning when he was tweeting a series of Easter related images for Good Friday.

Coles was tweeting different pictures to represent the 14 stations of the cross to those who celebrate Easter, each one was a modern take on each station.

April 17, 2014

Romania priest, with a fortune of over $2 million, had help from the Orthodox Church to get the 100,000 necessary signatures needed to become a Member of European Parliament candidate

A priest is becoming a politician in order to ‘destroy’ gay culture in Europe.

Iulian Capsali, a Romanian Orthodox priest, has gathered over 120,000 signatures to be registered as an independent candidate for the European elections.

A former lawyer in the US, he wishes to become a Member of European Parliament (MEP) to represent ‘traditional family values’.

The ‘homosexual ideology’ is leading to the destruction of the family at global level, Capsali told local Romanian press.

April 13, 2014

The Church of England faces 'crisis' as it comes under pressure to discipline the clergyman for breaking the rules and as other clergy members may follow suit

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a hospital chaplain, has become the first Church of England clergyman to enter into a same-sex marriage under Britain’s new marriages laws when he married his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51, on Saturday.

Local media reports say the move is expected to plunge the Church into a fresh crisis as it is in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The Church is also strongly opposed Britain’s newly-introduced same-sex marriage laws.

April 9, 2014

After police announced an investigation, the bishop of the diocese immediately dismissed the priest involved for 'health reasons'

An Italian priest stole cash from nuns in order to pay for gay sex, police have said.

The priest, who has not been named, allegedly swiped money entrusted to him by a local convent in the northern province of Belluno.

He then reportedly used it to pay his young Moroccan lover for sex.

The two are believed to have had a ‘long-standing relationship’.

While the amount of money the priest is accused of stealing has not yet been revealed, the amount he forked out could be thousands of euros.

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 26, 2014

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church

A third of Church of England bishops are allegedly gay, according to a clergyman.

As same-sex marriage becomes a reality in England and Wales on 29 March, many religious leaders are speaking out for and against the unions.

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church.

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 28, 2014

The Palestinian and Israeli problem as highlighted by a new dragged-up theater show

It just so happened the person supposed to attend Ballad of the Burning Star with yours truly had a pre-show panic attack at London’s Old Street tube station. It was rush hour and they’re not used to public transport.

Sympathetic to a variety of mental health issues, I sent them home with a suggestion they should drink some wine and lie down. I then called another friend, who happens to be a Greek Orthodox priest. Could he get to Battersea Arts Centre in 30 minutes? Yes, he could. Amen, sister.

February 25, 2014

Back in 2010, a tabloid's media witchhunt for homosexuals led to at least one death of a gay rights activist. Now in 2014, a list has been published again

A Ugandan tabloid has printed a list of the ‘top 200’ homosexuals today (25 February), a day after the president signed one of the most draconic homophobic bills in the world into law.

The Red Pepper tabloid has published the names, some who have not been outed before, in a front-page story under the headline: ‘EXPOSED!’

The list includes prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Pepe Julian Onziema and Frank Mugisha, who have been instrumental in the fight against the country’s homophobia.

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 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 15, 2014

New rules state gay priests are banned from getting married and gay couples will be refused official Church blessings

Gay priests have been banned from same-sex marriage and gay couples will only be able to receive informal prayers from priests, not official blessings, a new report from the Church of England has stated.

The Telegraph reports the Church of England’s House of Bishops yesterday (14 February) released new ‘pastoral guidance’ outlining strict rules on LGBTI clergy and congregation.

February 13, 2014

Catholic priest Dr Fr Stephen Geofroy has called for the equal rights of LGBTs to be enshrined in the constitution of Trinidad and Tobago in a surprising speech to a government consultation

Support for the legal equality of LGBT people has come from a surprising place during a Trinidad and Tobago government public consultation on a new draft constitution - with a Catholic priest calling for their rights to be enshrined in it.

Dr Fr Stephen Geofroy spoke during the consultation on Monday evening at the University of the West Indies Sport and Physical Education Center, St Augustine – saying the issue of LGBT people's equality should not even be debated further.

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.

December 17, 2013

The leadership of the Sikh religion has issued an edict reminding its temples worldwide that they may not solemnize same-sex marriages

The highest worldly seat of authority for the global Sikh community has directed all of its temples around the world to not perform same-sex marriages.

Akal Takht high priest Jathedar Gurbachan Singh told the New Indian Express on Monday that same-sex marriages did not exist within the Sikh faith and that the religion’s leadership had decided to reiterate the faith’s opposition to them.

October 15, 2013

Ugandan ethics minister Simon Lokodo says homosexuality is ‘bestiality’ in African culture

A Catholic ex-priest who is now Uganda’s ethics minister has pledged to shut down NGOs who ‘promote’ LGBT equality.

Father Simon Lokodo made his comments in an interview with Ugandan publication The Independent.

September 24, 2013

Australian Greg Reynolds claims he was excommunicated and de-frocked, normally reserved for pedophiles, for his liberal views on gay rights

An Australian priest is claiming he was excommunicated by Pope Francis over his liberal views of homosexuality.

Greg Reynolds, an Australian, was reportedly defrocked and excommunicated over his support for women priests and the gay community.

The excommunication document, written in Latin, gives no explicit reason.

Speaking to The Age, Reynolds said he had expected to be laicised (defrocked) but not excommunicated.

September 6, 2013

Priest refused to baptize son and told British lesbian moms they were 'living in ignorance' and were 'lost'

A vicar lectured a British lesbian couple about how they were 'lost' and 'living in ignorance' – and then refused to baptise their baby as planned.

Lesbian moms, Aimi and Victoria Leggett have spoken to Gay Star News about the discrimination they faced when they wanted to have their son christened at their local church in Portsmouth, southern England.

The couple, who have been in a civil partnership for two years, arranged to have their one year old son Alfie baptized by Reverend Andy Norris at St Mary’s Church, Warsash.