28th December 2011
The top international LGBT stories of 2011 4
11:17 AM — This year saw real change around the world when it came to LGBT rights. Many political milestones were reached, but as some countries progressed, other states faced international criticism for attempts to restrict their citizens' rights.
14th December 2011
Australia’s gay finance minister Penny Wong announces daughter’s birth 6
11:14 AM — Penny Wong said her partner Sophie Allouache had given birth to a daughter on Sunday morning, a week after a groundbreaking vote by the Australian Labor Party to formally support equal marriage.
13th December 2011
Sister of former Australian PM leaves Labor over marriage equality “nonsense” 64
12:38 PM — The sister of Australia's former Prime Minister and current Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has officially left the party over what she termed the "utter nonsense" of gay marriage. Loree Rudd said: "I couldn't work for a party that had endorsed homosexuals marrying."
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".
14th November 2011
Australian PM will allow ministers a “conscience vote” on gay marriage 63
3:14 PM — Julia Gillard will allow her party members to vote according to their own "values and beliefs" on whether to introduce gay marriage.
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.
10th October 2011
South Australian premier Mike Rann calls for gay marriage 16
4:57 PM — South Australia's outgoing premier Mike Rann has called for full marriage equality. Speaking in Adelaide yesterday at the end of the Festival of Ideas, Mr Rann said that the status quo was "discrimination" and that civil unions are a "halfway house".
21st September 2011
Tasmanian parliament backs gay marriage 17
10:22 AM — The Tasmanian parliament's House of Assembly has backed gay marriage, putting pressure on the federal Labor government to follow suit. This is the first time a house in any Australian parliament has voted in favour of marriage equality. Tasmania only voted to legalise homosexuality in 1997.
9th August 2011
Lesbian Australian minister’s partner pregnant 48
11:39 AM — A lesbian minister in Australia has announced that her partner is pregnant with their first child. Penny Wong, the finance minister, said her partner Sophie Allouache conceived through donor insemination and expects the baby in December.
11th July 2011
Australian MP challenges overseas gay marriage ban 19
3:57 PM — A South Australian gay MP says he will challenge the country's ban on gay marriages abroad. Upper house MP Ian Hunter and his partner of 22 years, artist Leith Semmens, intend to tie the knot in New York, following that state's legalisation of gay marriage.
17th June 2011
Australian PM Julia Gillard faces gay marriage grilling 47
11:07 AM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is to be pressed on her views on gay marriage when she hosts a dinner for three gay couples. As part of a charity auction, the prime minister offered to host a dinner for six guests at her official residence in Canberra.
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.
5th March 2011
Sydney explodes in Mardi Gras of celebration and protest at Australia’s ban on gay marriage 15
5:13 PM — Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets at Sydney's 34th gay Mardi Gras parade. The event was dubbed "Say Something" to protest at Australia's federal ban on gay marriage.
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.
3rd March 2011
Julia Gillard faces potential backbench rebellion over gay marriage 29
3:21 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is reportedly playing down a revolt by backbench Labour MPs who support a Greens bill that would enable gay marriages to take place in the territories.
8th February 2011
Australian MP polls constituents on gay marriage 10
4:51 PM — Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has begun polling his constituents on the issue of marriage equality. The former opposition leader has sent questionnaires to residents in his Sydney seat of Wentworth.
29th November 2010
Australian gay MPs call for gay marriage 14
4:34 PM — Two openly gay MPs in Australia have backed calls for gay marriage. Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Bob Brown spoke about why gay people should be given full marriage equality.
22nd November 2010
Australian Greens predict legal gay marriage as poll shows majority support 7
2:58 PM — The Australian Green party is predicting that gay marriage will soon become law as a poll shows 57 per cent of the public are in favour of the change. Of the 37 per cent who were against the change, 16 per cent were opposed and 21 per cent were strongly opposed.
18th November 2010
Australian MPs to canvass voters on gay marriage 4
12:02 PM — Australian politicians will ask voters whether gay marriage should be legalised after the Green Party won a motion on the issue. A recent poll commissioned by gay groups found 62 per cent of respondents in favour of the change.
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.