15th February 2012
Australian rules footballer: ‘Sick fascination’ with gay players 12
9:54 AM — An Australian rules football player has said society is developing a "sick fascination" with players' sexuality and the culture of the game has changed to one of "great acceptance".
13th February 2012
Two equal marriage bills enter Australian parliament 7
10:07 AM — Two private members' bills have been introduced at the parliament of Australia today which would give equal marriage rights to gay couples if they can muster more support.
23rd January 2012
Olivia Newton-John greases wheels for gay marriage 12
3:03 PM — Olivia Newton-John is backing Australian Marriage Equality, and the campaign towards equal marriage rights in Australia.
Grindr ‘mandatory update’ to tackle hack 1
11:33 AM — Man-locating app Grindr has said it will release a mandatory security update after thousands of Australian users' accounts were put at risk. The company says personal information and chat history has not been compromised.
23rd August 2011
Australian politician’s gay brother: comments are “dangerous” and “inappropriate” 11
12:16 PM — The politician who once claimed there were no gays in North Queensland called for gay marriage to be "ridiculed".
22nd August 2011
New Australian Party drops candidate for gay marriage question 7
3:16 PM — Jason Somerville was told he was "not the type of person" wanted in the party after asking if he could hold personal views on marriage, adoption and surrogacy.
16th August 2011
Australian anti-gay marriage rally held as poll finds Christians support equality 109
11:08 AM — Gay marriage opponents held a rally in Canberra today to condemn marriage equality. The 'National Day for Marriage' rally, organised by the Australian Christian Lobby, heard from a number of speakers, including MPs, who claimed that gay marriage is "selfish", will "destroy marriage" and could give rights to paedophiles.
12th July 2011
Lady Gaga declared honorary citizen of Sydney for gay rights campaign 8
12:06 PM — Lady Gaga was given the title of honorary citizen of Sydney last Tuesday for her support of gay rights. The bisexual star was honoured by Lord Mayor Clover Moore, who called her a "powerful force" for gay people after she urged Australia to legalise gay marriage.
11th July 2011
Australian MP challenges overseas gay marriage ban 19
3:57 PM — A South Australian gay MP says he will challenge the country's ban on gay marriages abroad. Upper house MP Ian Hunter and his partner of 22 years, artist Leith Semmens, intend to tie the knot in New York, following that state's legalisation of gay marriage.
17th June 2011
Australian PM Julia Gillard faces gay marriage grilling 47
11:07 AM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is to be pressed on her views on gay marriage when she hosts a dinner for three gay couples. As part of a charity auction, the prime minister offered to host a dinner for six guests at her official residence in Canberra.
8th June 2011
Three out of four Australians believe gay marriage will soon be a reality 18
12:07 PM — Three out of four Australians believe same-sex marriage will be made legal in their country, a poll showed Wednesday, prompting gay activists to renew their fight to be able to marry.
1st June 2011
Brisbane gay safe sex campaign ads reinstated after uproar over their removal 26
10:26 AM — A safe sex campaign for gay couples in Brisbane, Australia, has been reinstated after it became clear the majority of complaints that led to its removal yesterday were orchestrated by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).
31st May 2011
New website launched to further promote gay marriage equality in Australia 14
1:18 PM — A newly launched Australian website, My Marriage Story is allowing LGBTI Australians to share stories and ideas about the promotion of marriage equality.
13th April 2011
Australian Facebook group outed gay soldiers 59
11:45 AM — The Australian Defence Force has been accused of failing to discipline soldiers who were involved in an online hate campaign against their gay colleagues.
8th April 2011
Australian politician denies homophobia towards gay MP 10
4:22 PM — An Australian politician has denied that a 'queen' joke he made about a gay MP was homophobic. Rob Johnson, who is the West Australian police minister, said his remarks had been misconstrued.
5th March 2011
Sydney explodes in Mardi Gras of celebration and protest at Australia’s ban on gay marriage 15
5:13 PM — Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets at Sydney's 34th gay Mardi Gras parade. The event was dubbed "Say Something" to protest at Australia's federal ban on gay marriage.
4th March 2011
Poland to speed ahead of Australia on same-sex marriage equality 17
10:28 AM — There are signs that Poland, which currently has a ban on same-sex marriage and a poor recent track record on LGBT rights, may finally be on the first step to marriage equality by providing gay men and lesbians with the documentation required to marry overseas.
3rd March 2011
Julia Gillard faces potential backbench rebellion over gay marriage 29
3:21 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is reportedly playing down a revolt by backbench Labour MPs who support a Greens bill that would enable gay marriages to take place in the territories.
29th November 2010
Australian gay MPs call for gay marriage 14
4:34 PM — Two openly gay MPs in Australia have backed calls for gay marriage. Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Bob Brown spoke about why gay people should be given full marriage equality.
18th November 2010
Australian MPs to canvass voters on gay marriage 4
12:02 PM — Australian politicians will ask voters whether gay marriage should be legalised after the Green Party won a motion on the issue. A recent poll commissioned by gay groups found 62 per cent of respondents in favour of the change.