1st December 2014
Australian PM refuses to back free vote on same-sex marriage bill 23
5:37 PM — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to back a free vote for MPs on an upcoming same-sex marriage bill.
20th November 2014
Australian MP comes out as gay, makes case for equal marriage 7
3:17 PM — A senior Australian politician has come out as gay in a moving speech to MPs.
21st August 2014
Australian politician calls colleague’s gay son a ‘pillow biter’ and a ‘shirt lifter’ 25
10:53 AM — An Australian deputy chief minister is in trouble for allegedly calling the gay son of another politician a “pillow biter” and “shirt lifter”.
5th August 2014
Watch: Australian gay couple move in with homophobic pastor 22
7:14 PM — A Melbourne gay couple have moved in with a homophobic pastor
5th July 2014
Australia: Football club endorses marriage equality campaign 2
1:48 PM — An Australian rules football club has backed a campaign for marriage equality.
12th March 2014
Australian psychologist fights for the right to ban gay sex 38
11:15 AM — An Australian psychologist says he will fight for the right to criminalise gay sex and to discriminate against gay people, having been disciplined for his views.
23rd January 2014
What this 4-year-old told the Australian PM about same-sex marriage will warm your heart 11
2:08 PM — A four-year-old girl has written a letter to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, asking him to "let boys marry boys and girls marry girls."
16th December 2013
Australian Senator who linked equal marriage to polygamy calls on pro-equality minister to resign 18
12:57 PM — Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has called on former Liberal leader and current Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stop publicly advocating equal marriage or resign from government.
2nd November 2013
Australia: Boxer criticised for suggesting people from Aboriginal origin can’t be gay 28
5:28 PM — A boxer in Australia has found himself at the receiving end of criticism as he made comments on Facebook which suggested that Aboriginal culture and homosexuality are mutually exclusive.
14th October 2013
Australian airline apologises for ‘I am gay’ sticker on passenger’s luggage 15
1:23 PM — Australian budget airline Jetstar has apologised to a passenger who pulled his suitcase from a baggage carousel to find the message "I am gay" written on it with stickers.
30th August 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
18th February 2013
Australia: Trans and intersex inclusive birth certificate amendments considered by lawmakers
9:02 PM — Birth certificates in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) could soon be more inclusive of transgender and intersex people, by ceasing to require gender reassignment before allowing people to alter the gender on a birth certificate.
22nd October 2010
Australian poll calls for conscience vote on gay marriage 9
5:35 PM — An Australian opinion poll shows increased support for gay marriage and for prime minister Julia Gillard to allow a conscience vote on the issue.
25th February 2010
Australian Senate rejects gay marriage bill 13
2:57 PM — The Australian Senate today rejected a bill to give equal marriage rights to gay citizens. The bill was introduced by the Greens but was defeated 45-5, just days before the world's biggest gay celebration, Sydney Mardi Gras.