Here is a round up of the headlines this week:
- A Christian app has been banned by Apple for claiming to help users ‘cure’ themselves of homosexuality, but the app (‘Setting Captives Free’) remains available for download by Google Android users.
- The Bishop of Sailsbury yesterday spoke out against opponents of equal marriage, likening them to supporters of “slavery and apartheid.”
- In May two Pakistani women tied the knot at a registry office in Leeds. They were unable to find an imam who would carry out an Islamic marriage ceremony (nikah), and now they are seeking asylum in the UK following death threats in their native country.
- An LGBT-supporting Catholic Priest who called for an openly gay Pope has died at the age of 84.
- The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has passed a motion to allow the ordination and appointment of ministers in same-sex relationships.
- A new website has been launched in order to make it easy for members of the public to lobby peers in the House of Lords ahead of next week’s second reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill.
- A bill to further criminalise same-sex marriages in Nigeria with prison terms of up to 14 years has been passed by lawmakers in the country’s Parliament.