Sex and Gender

  • 8 Jul 2013

    Former US President Jimmy Carter has called the abuse of women the “most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation in the whole world.”

  • 6 Jul 2013

    Like many other church assemblies around this time, the Church of England General Synod in July 2013 faces several controversial and challenging issues. As Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby recognised, both openness and boldness are needed.

  • 28 Jun 2013

    The municipal authorities of the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, must allow the planned Baltic Pride to take place, says Amnesty International

  • 27 Jun 2013

    The US Supreme Court has struck down provision in a law that restricted access to federal funds for those in same-sex marriages.

  • 21 Jun 2013

    Exodus International, which for decades claimed to be able to change people’s sexual orientation, has apologised and is closing.

  • 17 Jun 2013

    As if there weren’t enough groups already campaigning against same-sex marriage – such as the Coalition for Marriage and Keep Marriage Special – today (17 June) sees the launch of another one. It’s called “Gay Marriage, No Thanks” (yes, really; that’s the organisation’s name).

  • 16 Jun 2013

    A young woman from Botswana has called on churches to affirm the dignity of women amid the realities of HIV and AIDS and sexual violence.

  • 14 Jun 2013

    As a law to allow equal marriage in England and Wales reaches committee stage in the House of Lords, those most strongly opposed are still trying to weaken or block it. Despite large majorities for the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Bill in the Lords and earlier House of Commons, some peers have put forward amendments which would delay or undermine marriage equality.

  • 8 Jun 2013

    Some people may be understandably confused about the Church of England’s position on same-sex partnerships and equal marriage. Official statements, the publicly-voiced views of senior clergy and broader opinions among church members point in different directions. Part of this is to do with realism, but shifts in understanding also play a part.

  • 6 Jun 2013

    Church of England bishops have given up trying to block equal marriage in England and Wales. Though several spoke and voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords, this bid was heavily defeated. Many church members, including some bishops, support marriage equality, though others are strongly opposed.