19th September 2013
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.
26th June 2013
Australia: Equal marriage campaigners welcome Julia Gillard’s decision to resign as prime minister 18
12:40 PM — Julia Gillard, who is strongly opposed to equal marriage, has confirmed she will resign as Australia's prime minister in favour of Kevin Rudd.
17th April 2013
Australian PM refuses to support equal marriage despite New Zealand victory 56
2:03 PM — Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, says she won’t be dropping her opposition to marriage equality, even though neighbouring New Zealand passed the measure on Wednesday.
10th April 2013
French Senate approves crucial article of equal marriage bill 23
10:29 AM — France's equal marriage bill clears its first hurdle in the country's Senate.
20th November 2012
Australian campaigners hope new law can help in equal marriage fight 5
11:48 AM — Marriage equality advocates in Australia have welcomed a new draft national anti-discrimination law.
27th September 2012
Australia: Defeat for equal marriage bill in Tasmania 22
9:57 AM — Tasmania's same-sex marriage bill has failed to pass the Legislative Council after a key member indicated he would vote against it.
20th September 2012
Australian Senate follows second chamber in defeating equal marriage 26
10:09 AM — A vote on a bill that would have introduced equal marriage rights for same-sex couples has been defeated in the Australian Senate.
28th March 2012
Union for Progressive Judaism supports gay couples marrying in Australia 18
10:19 AM — The Australian Union for Progressive Judaism has made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill.
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.
22nd December 2011
Australian Psychological Society backs call for equal marriage rights 15
11:14 AM — The Australian Psychological Society has officially given its support to full marriage equality for gay couples, adding the voice of its 20,000 members to the debate. The group's board approved an endorsement of the American Psychological Association's resolution this summer, which gave its unequivocal support to the introduction of equal marriage rights for gay couples on behalf of its 100,000 professional members.
8th December 2011
Australia lifts ban on certificates for gay couples marrying abroad 12
10:25 AM — The Australian government has lifted a ban which hindered the ability of gay couples to marry overseas. Julia Gillard's ministers have reversed a policy which meant gay couples were not able to receive a certificate confirming their eligibility to marry.
6th December 2011
Australian church which sacked pro-gay marriage pastor “hardly Christian” 17
11:37 AM — Rev Matt Glover, a pastor who supports a marriage equality campaign for Christians, has been sacked from his position at a Baptist Church in Melbourne, the group Australian Marriage Equality says.
2nd December 2011
140,000 Australians sign equal marriage petition amid “unstoppable momentum” 22
2:17 PM — The petition was presented to Prime Minister Julia Gillard's annual party conference, which she opened saying she hoped for a "fair dinkum" event, adding: "We came here for debate".
28th November 2011
Video: Australian marriage equality short becomes overnight hit 43
12:07 PM — A pro-marriage equality video by Australian action group GetUp has become a Youtube sensation since its release before the weekend, racking up 1.6 million views over four days.
25th November 2011
Opponents’ poll finds equal marriage a “low priority” issue in Australia 21
11:58 AM — The Ambrose Centre, which opposes marriage equality, found 49% of people supported gay marriage, compared with 40% against, but that it was only thought to be "very important" by 27% of the population.
15th November 2011
Campaigners: Australian PM should represent the 71% of her supporters who want gay marriage 29
2:45 PM — Equal marriage supporters say Julia Gillard should reflect the beliefs of nearly three quarters of her voters, as the prime minister reaffirms her opposition to such a move.
21st October 2011
Australian prime minister Julia Gillard may allow free vote on gay marriage 30
11:44 AM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard will allow Labor MPs a conscience vote on gay marriage, reports say. According to the Australian Daily Telegraph, government sources said she will state her position at some point next week.
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.
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.
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.