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Tag Archives: Andrew Page

Irish presbyterians in “gay ministers” boycott

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    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has voted to boycott the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly in protest at its recent decision to allow congregations to appoint clergy in civil partnerships. The Belfast Telegraph reports that the Church of Scotland’s vote has angered many Irish presbyterian leaders, who accuse their Scottish counterparts of “mov[ing] away from the historic and ...

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Scottish church considers supporting same-sex marriage

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The Scottish Episcopal Church is to vote next week on whether to set in motion a process for allowing its clergy to wed same-sex couples. Legislation allowing for same-sex marriage came into effect on 31st December 2014, but to date the traditional church denominations have not revisited their own definitions of marriage. Both the Church of Scotland and the Roman ...

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What’s the future for LGBTI sports groups?

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Scotland has been highlighted as the most progressive country in Europe for LGBTI rights and inclusion; as legislative progress and cultural changes are made in Scotland is it possible that in future LGBTI-specific sports groups will not need to exist? This was a question considered at an”Out and Integrated” event on Wednesday evening, hosted by LGBTI networking group SWAN and ...

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Pro-equality Bishop to visit Glasgow

A controversial bishop is to deliver a lecture at a Glasgow church next week. John Shelby Spong, who served as the Episcopal Bishop of Newark between 1979 and 2000, will be speaking at Cairns Church in Milgavie on Thursday 11th June. He will be addressing the dangers of Biblical literalism, which he considers have been responsible for many prejudicial attitudes ...

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European success “only the beginning” for Thebans

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Caledonian Thebans RFC, Scotland’s national rugby team for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people and their allies, have been crowned runners-up in the ‘Silver Plate’ final of the Union Cup, Europe’s biennial LGBTI championships. Fresh from this success, Thebans are now setting their sights on victory at the 2016 Bingham Cup, the World championships taking place in Nashville, ...

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Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy dies

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  Charles Kennedy, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats has died aged 55. Kennedy, who won the seat of Ross, Cromarty and Skye for the SDP in 1983, held the constituency for 32 years before losing to the SNP in last month’s General Election. Kennedy was, during his time in parliament, a vocal advocate for LGBT equality. In 1988, ...

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Ex-Childrens panel chair jailed for “gross abuse”

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A former chairman of Glasgow Children’s Panel was yesterday jailed for twelve years for abusing boys during a period spanning three decades. Daniel Ross, 62, had previously admitted six charges and pleaded guilty to misusing his position as chair of the children’s panel to groom vulnerable youngsters for sex attacks. At Glasgow High Court, Lord Matthews, sentencing, told Ross that ...

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Equality Network launches election priorities survey

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A leading Scottish charity has today launched an election priorities survey to find out which key political issues Scottish LGBTI people would like to be addressed. The Equality Network, a Scottish human rights and equality charity, will be lobbying the various political parties in the lead-up to next year’s election with a view to influencing their policy commitments on LGBTI ...

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Scotland’s government opposes Human Rights Act repeal

The Scottish Government has expressed its opposition to repeal of th Human Rights Act

The Scottish government has made clear its opposition to Conservative Party proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act. Responding to yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, in which the plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British “Bill of Rights” were put on hold, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned that the UK government’s ongoing commitment to scrapping the legislation must be ...

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Kirk stalls on allowing ministers in same-sex marriages

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The Church of Scotland has voted to allow the ordination of clergy in same-sex marriages – but only if its presbyteries agree. Representatives at the Kirk’s General Assembly in Edinburgh, who voted on Saturday to give congregations the opportunity to appoint gay clergy in civil partnerships, made a decision to only extend this to those in same-sex marriages if a ...

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