Angus minister launches protest one day after kirk backs gay clergy
Deep divisions remain over LGBT inclusion in the kirk
ONE DAY after the Church of Scotland voted to back its clergy in same-sex marriages, a minister has launched a formal protest against the landmark decision.
The notice of “dissent” was lodged by Rev Mike Goss of Barry Parish Church, after members of the kirk voted 339 to 215 to recognise same-sex marriages of ministers and deacons.
Campaigners raise concerns over potential scrapping of civil partnerships
Government rejects calls to extend civil partnerships to mixed sex couples
CAMPAIGNERS have raised concerns over a Scottish Government consultation exploring an end to civil partnerships and apparent dismissal of proposals that partnerships be opened to same sex couples.
The Scottish Government consultation considers wether to leave civil parternships unchanged, to extend civil partenrships to cover mixed sex couples, or to end the creation of new civil partnerships after a certain date.
Michael Granados: What Scotland can learn from the US decision on equal marriage and the power of a constitution
Michael Granados says that those who wish to see an independent Scotland should give serious consideration to the role of a constitution similar to that of the Unites States
TIE campaign launched for LGBTI+ education in all Scottish schools
Campaigners have support of LGBTI+ and political organisations and plan to lobby parliament
A NEW campaign for LGBTI+ education as a statutory right in the curriculum of Scottish schools has been launched to tackle homophobic attitudes among young people.
Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) is trying to get members of the public to sign its Scottish Parliament public petition to convince politicians to support the proposal and to kick-start a debate on the subject. They want LGBTI+ people to share their stories of their time at school.
Ireland set to vote in referendum on same-sex marriage
Yes Equality campaign hopes for equal rights in national constitution
IRELAND will vote on Friday to decide whether to extend the equal right to marriage to same-sex couples in a historic constitutional referendum.
With the support of all major political parties, the amendment is expected to receive a Yes result. However, religious conservatives have opposed the move.
Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells resigns days after linking same-sex couples to child abuse
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson thanks the DUP MLA for service
NORTHERN IRELAND Health Minister Jim Wells has resigned just days after linking same-sex relationships to child neglect and abuse at a hustings event.
In a statement, Wells said he was stepping down to care for his wife, Grace, who has been seriously ill after suffering two strokes and undergoing heart surgery.
Northern Ireland health minister condemned after linking equal marriage to child abuse at hustings event
Minister claimed children were 'far more likely' to be abused
NORTHERN IRELAND Health Minister Jim Wells has apologised after claiming at a South Down hustings event that children with gay parents were more likely to be abused or neglected.
Wells, a DUP MLA, received a hostile response from the audience, with one member shouting: "Shame on you, Jim Wells."
Abu Hamza, gays and catholics: 5 Ukip controversies in Scotland
Ukip has landed itself in trouble before in Scotland
UKIP is embroiled in fresh controversy after the party's only MEP in Scotland compared a senior muslim politician with a convicted terrorist.
But it's far from the first time the party has faced trouble in Scotland, despite having less political presence north of the border.
We take a look at five key moments for Ukip in Scotland.
1.) David Coburn MEP compares Humza Yousaf to Abu Hamza