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Same-sex wedding blessed in Dundee Cathedral


A gay couple have had their same-sex wedding blessed at a ceremony in St Paul’s Cathedral in Dundee, the first of its kind to take place in the historic church. Paul Hastie and Steven Gray were married recently in Dundee’s registry office but, being Christians, also wanted their union celebrated in church. The Scottish Episcopal Church agreed to bless their ...

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Philipp Tanzer (Logan McCree) interviewed

Philipp Tanzer

Philipp Tanzer, more widely known as Logan McCree, has moved from his native Germany to the far northwest of Scotland, making his home in the small Sutherland community of Durness. David Downing ventured north to meet him. What was it that made you decide to move to Scotland and how have people adjusted to having a gay porn actor in ...

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Church moves towards hosting same-sex marriages


A UK-wide Church has taken a signficant step closer to conducting same-sex marriages after a vote at its General Assembly on Saturday. The United Reformed Church, which has 47 congregations in Scotland, discussed how to respond to recent legislative changes in relation to same-sex marriage. The substantive resolution being debated suggested that “it is not possible for the denomination to ...

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Edinburgh church votes for equality

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An Edinburgh congregation of the Church of Scotland has become the first to implement the new changes to the vacancy process, as confirmed in May’s General Assembly. The Kirk Session of Wardie Parish Church, which describes itself as “a caring community in North Edinburgh” and has been without a minister for two months, voted to allow its Nominating Committee to ...

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Sukkat Shalom at Pride Edinburgh 2015

Sukkat Shalom at Pride Edinburgh By Lobo Chan

Despite a weather forecast of cloud and showery rain, Saturday 20th June brought a good day for this year’s Pride Edinburgh March! Hundreds of people from the LGBTI community, along with their friends and supporters, gathered outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. There were banners of all kinds, shapes and sizes: community banners, LGBT Health & Wellbeing banners and flags, ...

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Episcopal Church Scotland commits to same-sex marriage

Scottish Episcopal Church

The Scottish Episcopal Church has passed a historic motion that could lead it to commit its clergy to conduct same-sex marriage. The church’s General Synod voted to start a process that will enable it to  “decide whether to bring same-sex marriage into its life theologically and liturgically”. The vote followed a lengthy and detailed discussion on the nature of marriage (theological doctrine committee) ...

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Irish presbyterians in “gay ministers” boycott


    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


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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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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Priest behind “gay mafia” claims guilty of defamation

St John Ogilvie, in Blantyre

A Roman Catholic priest, who accused a “powerful gay Mafia” of being the driving force behind sexual bullying within the Catholic Church in Scotland, has been found guilty of defamation against fellow clergymen and parishioners. Fr Matthew Despard, of St John Ogilvie in High Blantyre, published a book entitled “Priesthood in Crisis“, in which he made the claims that sexual ...

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