29th June 2012
Australia: 40 percent of gay couples identify as Christian 27
10:52 AM — According to 2011 census figures, 40 percent of gay couples in Australia identify themselves as Christians, compared with two-thirds of straight couples.
28th June 2012
Queensland: Groups fear three-year prison sentences under gay surrogacy ban 12
12:24 PM — Equality advocates are meeting to oppose the new Queensland government's plan to criminalise surrogacy arrangements for gay couples, single people and some straight couples.
25th June 2012
Australia: Senate committee backs marriage equality in ‘watershed’ report 5
2:09 PM — A cross-party senate committee in Australia has published recommendations for a free vote on marriage equality legislation in the country's federal parliament and called on senators to support the move.
24th June 2012
Australian Salvation Army apologises for spokesman arguing gays should be executed 53
1:02 PM — Following a senior official in the The Australian Salvation Army has apologised after a senior official told an Australian LGBT radio station that gay people should be put to death. The organisation now said " the interview has led to a serious misunderstanding of our teaching and that clarification should have been given during the interview."
23rd June 2012
Audio: Australian Salvation Army chief: ‘Gay people should be put to death’ 192
6:54 PM — In a discussion for Australia's Joy 94.9 FM, a senior official in the Australian Salvation Army suggested that sexually active LGBT people should be put to death. The discussion between LGBT journalists Serena Ryan and Pete Dillon; and Major Andrew Craibe, the Salvation Army’s Territorial Media Relations Director for the Southern Territory in Victoria senior Salvation Army followed the singer Darren Hayes saying that the organisation should be boycotted because of its attitude to homosexuality.
22nd June 2012
Queensland ‘downgrades’ civil partnerships and will ban gay surrogacy 100
10:38 AM — The Australian state of Queensland will remove gay couples' ability to have children through surrogacy and downgrade civil partnerships to the class of 'registered relationships', after a debate in Parliament last night.
21st June 2012
Australia: Census records nearly 34,000 gay couples 22
2:58 PM — Data from Australia's 2011 census have been released today and show 33,714 gay couples, 1,338 of whom are married.
20th June 2012
Australia: MP wishes wife a happy anniversary in speech against marriage for gay couples 52
1:39 PM — Australian MP John Murphy paused during a speech in which he opposed equal marriage rights for gay couples to wish his own wife a happy anniversary on Monday.
11th June 2012
Australian prime minister: Not all loving relationships need marriage certificates 87
6:51 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, who is personally opposed to marriage rights for gay couples, has told the father of a gay man that not all loving relationships need to be recognised as marriages.
7th June 2012
Australian Christian Lobby director likens equal marriage campaign to Nazi propaganda 53
10:56 AM — The Australian Christian Lobby has criticised the ethics of a morning television programme after it publicly supported an equal marriage campaign and said today the way it had been run would do 'great credit' to Nazi propagandists.
31st May 2012
Australia: New South Wales Parliament calls on federal government for equal marriage laws 11
2:26 PM — The Upper House of the Parliament in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has called on the federal government to allow gay couples to marry and to allow religious bodies to perform ceremonies if they choose.
18th May 2012
Tasmania: 250 attend vigil at ‘Excellent Marriage’ anti-gay marriage conference 10
12:52 PM — 250 people attended a vigil outside an anti-marriage equality conference in Tasmania last night as it was revealed the winning video message in a conference competition to define 'excellent marriage' was from a gay man.
4th May 2012
New Zealand: ‘Gay times are over’ billboard provokes anger 22
12:12 PM — A billboard apparently directed at the first openly lesbian mayor in New Zealand with the slogan 'The gay times are over' has provoked anger from councillors.
2nd May 2012
Comment: Four reasons the Christian and Jewish faiths are set to approve equal marriage 36
4:19 PM — The greatest revision of belief within the Judaeo-Christian faiths since the Reformation is underway, Alan Austin writes.
19th April 2012
Complaints over Margaret Court’s gay ‘choice’ article ‘trash free speech’, group says 29
12:48 PM — The Australian Christian Lobby has said a decision to uphold complaints over an article written by tennis legend Margaret Court in which she said homosexuality was a choice as a victory for 'aggressively intolerant' gay activists.
13th April 2012
Australia’s first openly gay party leader stands down 5
12:54 PM — Bob Brown, the leader of the Australian Greens has announced his resignation as his party's leader and a senator in the Canberra federal parliament.
12th April 2012
Australia: Equal marriage likened to incest 55
10:38 PM — A Christian opponent of marriage equality in Australia has compared homosexuality to incest, and said that people with same-sex attraction can be "cured."
10th April 2012
Comment: Addicted to Grindr 47
1:02 PM — The location-aware gay social app Grindr is celebrating its third birthday with 3.5 million users in 192 countries. Gavin Roach, who is taking his show Confessions of a Grindr Addict across Australia, writes about his experience of what happens when Grindr takes over.
9th April 2012
Study finds high levels of homophobia in Australia’s Arab community 12
2:49 PM — A study in Australia has found many gay people in the country's Arabic community have been subject to high levels of homophobic violence and verbal abuse.
7th April 2012
Australia: Opposition leader’s sister confirms lesbian relationship 24
10:19 PM — Tony Abbott, the Opposition leader in Australia, has commended the bravery of his sister in publicly affirming her same-sex relationship, but has said that it will not shift his stance on equal marriage.