MSPs endorse gay marriage bill

Legislation to introduce same-sex marriage in Scotland has been backed by the Holyrood committee looking into the proposals. Most MSPs on the equal opportunities committee endorsed the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill. But some members were either not convinced by the bill, or had concerns that it lacked adequate protections. The legislation still needs to […]

Island congregation to vote on leaving Church of Scotland

Island congregation to vote on leaving Church of Scotland

A list of FAQ’s and answers, along with a consultation/voting Form, were this week sent to all 460 Stornoway  High Church members and adherents by the Lewis Church of Scotland Presbytery. The Kirk Session of Stornoway High Church has also undertaken an internal consultation with its congregation members. The dissension between the High Church – […]

Rev Scott Rennie

Fears over Kirk proposal for appointment of gay clergy

Controversial proposals intended to promote greater acceptance of gay clergy in the Church of Scotland could instead end up making their appointments tougher. Critics within the Kirk fear the move could be a missed opportunity and a barrier to progress. According to the draft act, or ­overture, which has been drawn up by Kirk lawyers, […]

'Business as usual' at Edinburgh kirk as members quit in gay clergy row

‘Business as usual’ at Edinburgh kirk as members quit in gay clergy row

The Church of Scotland has said it will be business as usual as the first congregation in the Scottish capital to leave its home of worship over the issue of gay ordination holds its inaugural service in a rented hall. New Restalrig Church congregation, led by Rev David Court, will worship in a mission hall […]

Archbishop Leo Cushley

Catholics may need two weddings, says Archbishop

The introduction of gay marriage may mean Catholics in Scotland will have to exchange their vows twice, once in a registry office and once at the altar, the new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has said. Leo Cushley said the Catholic Church may have to consider the radical move to avoid legal challenges over […]

John Mason MSP

Scottish government aiming to sign same sex marriage into law by March

The Scottish Government is aiming to fast track the same sex marriage bill so it is signed into law as early as March next year, reports have indicated. Scotland’s same sex marriage bill was introduced in June this year, following pressure from Scottish Labor to bring it in sooner. Groups such as the Scottish Transgender […]

John Mason MSP

Politicians speak at Glasgow rally against gay marriage

Two MSPs and an MP spoke at a rally held in Glasgow on Wednesday, against plans to redefine marriage in Scotland. The event, organised by campaign group Scotland for Marriage, saw 100 people gather at Macdonald Crutherland House to listen to speeches from MSPs John Mason, Murdo Fraser and MP Michael McCann. Ahead of the […]

50,000 people sign petition against same-sex marriage

50,000 people sign petition against same-sex marriage

A petition against plans to redefine marriage in Scotland has reached more than 50,000 signatures. The organisers of the petition, campaign group Scotland for Marriage, say they have more supporters than the combined paid-up membership of all the main political parties in Scotland. The 50,000th signatory is 20-year-old Iain Donoghue, a third-year student from Falkirk. […]


Breakaway Larbert church to hold its first service

A breakaway church will hold its first service this Sunday in its new home – a Larbert school. The Rev Andrew Randall will lead the congregation and is confident the majority of active members of his former charge, Larbert Old Parish, will join him in worship. His decision to quit the Church of Scotland followed […]

The Most Rev Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams tells ‘persecuted’ western Christians to grow up

Christians in Britain and the US who claim that they are persecuted should “grow up” and not exaggerate what amounts to feeling “mildly uncomfortable”, according to Rowan Williams, who last year stepped down as archbishop of Canterbury after an often turbulent decade. “When you’ve had any contact with real persecuted minorities you learn to use […]

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