27th July 2013
Australia: New South Wales gets legal go-ahead for equal marriage bill 27
9:55 AM — An Australian parliamentary committee has ruled that the country's federal government does not have sole responsibility for marriage equality laws, paving the way for the state of New South Wales (NSW) to introduce its own same-sex marriage bill.
20th July 2013
Study finds that children of gay parents are generally happier than those with straight parents 48
7:05 PM — A study has found that children growing up with gay parents are on average happier than those raised by straight parents.
14th July 2013
Australia: Sister of PM Kevin Rudd calls for Russian-style anti-gay propaganda law 95
11:39 AM — The sister of recently re-established Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has told journalists she believes the law should protect Australian children from being told that homosexuality is "normal".
12th July 2013
Matthew Mitcham raises £600 for equal marriage by auctioning his used underwear 20
7:15 PM — An equal marriage supporter paid £600 ($1000 Australian Dollars) for a pair of Olympic champion, Matthew Mitcham's underwear.
6th July 2013
Australia: Bill will stop faith schools from expelling students based on sexual orientation 13
7:36 PM — A private members bill will soon be introduced in the New South Wales State Parliament, which would remove the right of religious schools to expel students who come out as gay.
28th June 2013
Australia: Children with same-sex parents have ‘better overall health’ than national average 9
6:54 PM — An Australian report on the children of same-sex couples has revealed that they have higher self-esteem, greater family cohesion, and better overall health than the national average.
Australia: Kevin Rudd pledges to push for referendum on equal marriage 9
11:10 AM — Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced his intentions to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage, just one day after being sworn in to the role.
27th June 2013
Tasmanian lawmakers pass same-sex adoption bill 1
3:34 PM — Same-sex couples in Tasmania will be able to adopt children not previously known to them following the passage of a bill by the upper parliamentary house.
26th June 2013
Australia’s first lesbian cabinet minister elected Senate leader 5
6:52 PM — Penny Wong has been elected unopposed as leader of the Australian Senate.
20th June 2013
Tasmanian marriage equality advocates urge state Upper House to revisit equal marriage 4
6:14 PM — Tasmanian marriage equality advocates have called on the state Upper House to revisit same-sex marriage after a bill on the issue was voted down in the Senate this morning.
18th June 2013
Australian Senator Cory Bernardi: ‘I was right to warn that equal marriage could lead to polygamy’ 27
2:10 PM — An Australian senator, who resigned from the opposition’s frontbench after he said that allowing same-sex couples to marry could lead to sanctioning polygamy and even bestiality, says his original comments were correct.
South Australia to debate motion to formally congratulate New Zealand for marriage equality 8
1:10 AM — The Upper House in South Australia is on Wednesdsay to debate a motion which would formally congratulate New Zealand for legalising equal marriage earlier this year.
14th June 2013
Australia: Radio host sacked for asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner is gay 50
9:58 AM — A radio presenter who asked Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a live interview if her partner is gay has been sacked.
13th June 2013
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard: It’s ‘absurd’ to think my hairdresser partner Tim Mathieson is gay 18
3:13 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has criticised a radio host for asking if her partner, Tim Mathieson, is gay during a live interview.
6th June 2013
Australia: Greens MP accuses Government of delaying vote on equal marriage bill 10
1:45 AM — A Green Party MP in Australia has accused the Labor Party of delaying a vote on a private members bill to legalise equal marriage.
30th May 2013
Australia: Equal marriage groups call for legal recognition of overseas same-sex marriages 5
1:02 PM — Following the first same-sex wedding to take place in France yesterday, Australian advocates of equal marriage are now calling for the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages.
29th May 2013
Australia: Removed Sydney rainbow crossing to be replaced with permanent installation 6
3:52 PM — A permanent installation is to be made in Sydney, following outrage when a rainbow crossing was removed in April, despite strong calls to leave it in place.
27th May 2013
New Zealand’s ‘gay rainbow’ MP: ‘Be Ye Not Afraid of same-sex marriage’ 7
8:46 PM — Maurice Williamson, the New Zealand MP for Pakuranga whose pro-equal marriage speech went viral, has written an open letter to Australia and the rest of the world in defence of same-sex marriage.
20th May 2013
Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd reverses anti-marriage equality stance 20
4:55 PM — The former Prime Minister of Australia and self-described 'god-botherer', Kevin Rudd, has stated that after a "re-think" on same-sex marriage he has decided to support it, reversing his previous staunch opposition.
8th May 2013
Actress Margaret Cho says John Travolta is ‘Oscar Wilde gay’ and he would be ‘happier’ out of the closet 44
12:01 PM — Hollywood legend John Travolta is "Oscar Wilde gay" – according to comedian and actress Margaret Cho.