19th September 2013
Australia: PM asks for legal advice over Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage bill 8
5:15 PM — The Australian Captial Territory's equal marriage bill was tabled today to rapturous applause, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that he is seeking legal advice as to "how far the ACT can go with this."
Australia: Incoming Catholic Archbishop calls for halt to equal marriage legislation 34
5:11 PM — The incoming Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn has said that he wants a moratorium called to stop the passage of any new laws on same-sex marriage in Australia.
16th September 2013
Australian Capital Territory government to introduce equal marriage legislation this week 9
1:33 PM — The Australian Capital Territory's government has announced that it will introduce a bill this week to legalise same-sex marriage in the territory.
7th September 2013
Australia votes to reject Kevin Rudd and his promise of overturning gay marriage ban 83
12:17 PM — Australia’s Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has lost the general election and with it dash the hopes of Australia introducing same-sex marriage.
2nd September 2013
Watch the Australian PM destroy a pastor’s arguments against same-sex marriage 18
4:02 PM — In a Q&A appearance on Australian television, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd defended his support of same-sex marriage after a local pastor challenged him to measure his views against the Biblical definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
30th August 2013
Church sign goes viral: ‘Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine’ 7
5:50 PM — An inclusive church in Canada has joined others using its sign to advertise a message of inclusion, and has found viral internet fame as a result.
Australian Labor Party senior official believes equal marriage goes against ‘Christ’s message’ 46
1:14 PM — A senior official in the Australian Labor Party described same-sex marriage as “not normal” in a newly published video.
29th August 2013
Australia: Tony Abbott makes campaign pitch at school that calls homosexuality an ‘abomination’ 29
3:03 PM — Australia’s opposition leader, who is vying to become the country’s next prime minister, has visited a Christian school that believes homosexuality is an “abomination”.
27th August 2013
Kaleidoscope Trust welcomes Australian Foreign Minister’s LGBT rights pledge 3
6:03 PM — The Kaleidoscope Trust has welcomed the signing of a pledge by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr to uphold LGBT rights on behalf of Australia’s governing Labor Party.
16th August 2013
Australian progressive church uses signs to say: ‘Some people are gay, get over it, love God’ 14
6:47 PM — A progressive Anglican church in Australia has been using its signs to preach tolerance towards gay and lesbian people.
15th August 2013
Katy Perry tells Australia’s opposition leader ‘I wouldn’t vote for you because you oppose equal marriage’ 5
12:52 PM — Katy Perry has told Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott that she wouldn't vote for him because of his opposition to equal marriage.
14th August 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tells Liberal leader ‘there’s no place for homophobia in Australia’ 7
3:00 PM — Australia's PM Kevin Rudd says there is “no place” for sexism, racism or homophobia in the country following Liberal leader Tony Abbott's outspoken remarks.
Australian opposition leader says equal marriage is just the ‘fashion of the moment’ 23
11:26 AM — Tony Abbott, the leader of Australia's main opposition party and who is vying to become the country's next prime minister, has come under fire for suggesting that same-sex marriage is something that is just in fashion at the moment.
13th August 2013
Gay Australian Senate leader: I don’t support an equal marriage referendum as the campaign would be too hateful 19
11:49 AM — The leader of the Australian Senate says she's not in favour of a referendum on equal marriage - despite supporting marriage rights for same-sex couples.
12th August 2013
Source: Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard considered reversing equal marriage opposition 44
12:25 PM — It’s being reported by an Australian broadcaster that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was tempted to drop her opposition to equal marriage during her time in office.
8th August 2013
Australia: Court allows trans teenagers to undergo hormone therapy 3
5:06 PM — An Australian family court judge has given permission for two trans teenagers to undergo hormone treatment, after it was revealed that both teens had self-harmed and contemplated suicide.
7th August 2013
Australia: Man who shouted he would ‘eradicate all gays’ ordered to take out apology ad for gay activist 10
3:31 PM — A man from Sydney has been ordered to take out a newspaper advert and publicly apologise to an LGBT rights activist for screaming that he would "eradicate all gays" in a street.
3rd August 2013
Olympic Gold medalist Matthew Mitcham: Russia’s treatment of gay people is horrific 39
7:16 PM — Australian Olympic Gold medalist, Matthew Mitcham, who is openly gay, says new Russia's anti-gay law that could see athletes jailed if they take part in any gay rights related activities, is "horrific".
2nd August 2013
Australia: LGBT and intersex anti-discrimination laws come into effect 2
12:58 PM — New Australian laws protecting LGBT and intersex people from religious discrimination by aged-care providers have come into effect, commencing August 1.
28th July 2013
Holly Valance: ‘I like Kim Kardashian’s style, but I dress like an angry lesbian’ 11
9:29 PM — Australian actress, singer and TV presenter Holly Valance has spoken in an interview about her personal style to say that she thinks she dresses "like an angry lesbian".