29th April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott says no to equal marriage referendum at election 14
4:30 PM — Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott, has said he does not agree with MP Tony Windsor, who proposed that the issue of equal marriage be put to a vote by Australians on election day in September.
New Zealand: ‘Homophobic’ beer advert causes controversy 32
3:27 PM — A brewery in New Zealand has responded to controversy caused by a billboard containing an advert for one of its beer brands, which has been described by some as "homophobic".
23rd April 2013
New Zealand: Conservative Party leader threatens to sue satirical website for ‘big gay rainbow’ article 12
6:56 PM — The leader of New Zealand's Conservative Party has taken offence at a satirical news story written about himself, and another MP, who made a now famous speech around equal marriage, and has threatened legal action.
‘Vive la France!’ as campaigners celebrate equal marriage victory 40
5:56 PM — Campaigners are celebrating the news that France has become the 14th nation in the world to legalise marriage rights for same-sex couples and Justice Minister Christiane Taubira says the first weddings could be held as soon as June.
22nd April 2013
UK: Deputy Lib Dem leader ‘really disappointed’ at IPS rejection of trans and intersex inclusive passports 19
10:30 AM — Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes says he is “really disappointed” by the Identity and Passport Service’s decision to reject non gender-specific passports for trans and intersex people in Britain.
19th April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott shifts position on party’s same-sex marriage stance 25
11:46 AM — Australia’s opposition leader is suggesting his party will decide its position on equal marriage after September's election.
18th April 2013
Video: New Zealand MP: ‘We are only legalising equal marriage, not declaring nuclear war’ 14
4:27 PM — The video of a New Zealand MP's impassioned speech following a vote to legalise equal marriage in the country, has gone viral, as he poked fun at those opposed to the measure, and emphasised its importance.
Openly gay Australian MP: I doubt an equal marriage bill would currently pass in New South Wales 1
2:03 AM — An openly gay MP in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has said that she is not convinced that an equal marriage bill would currently be able to pass in the state's parliament.
17th April 2013
Over a thousand Australian same-sex couples to travel to New Zealand to wed 8
6:44 PM — According to a survey by an equal marriage advocacy group, over a thousand Australian gay and lesbian couples are to travel to New Zealand in order to get married, now that equal marriage is set to become law there.
Video: New Zealand Parliament breaks into song as equal marriage bill is passed 44
4:09 PM — As the Parliament of New Zealand passed a bill to allow equal marriage in the country, those in attendance of the reading broke into song, once it was announced that it had passed.
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.
New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage 55
11:06 AM — New Zealand has become the 13th country in the world to legalise equal marriage.
16th April 2013
New Zealand expected to give final approval to equal marriage bill 23
2:36 PM — New Zealand's Parliament is on Wednesday expected to give final approval to a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the country.
27th March 2013
New Zealand: Poll shows equal marriage opposition up from last year 14
6:35 PM — A New Zealand poll has shown that support for same-sex marriage has gone down. 48% now oppose same-sex marriage, up from 40.5% last June.
14th March 2013
New Zealand: Equal marriage passes critical second vote 15
11:23 AM — Lawmakers in New Zealand voted 77 to 44 yesterday to pass same-sex marriage legislation. The bill will now go to a final vote, but it is widely believed that it has passed the critical hurdle and should have a smooth course into becoming law.
4th March 2013
New Zealand: Coroner in gay soldier’s suicide case criticised for anti-marriage equality stance 10
5:55 PM — Doubts have been raised about the decision by coroner Gordon Mantega not to hold an inquest into the death of a soldier who killed himself after confessing his love for a male colleague, after it emerged Mr Mantega strongly opposed same-sex marriage in New Zealand.
30th January 2013
Young gay New Zealanders say equal marriage would reduce youth suicides 1
4:30 PM — Young gay men have made submissions to the New Zealand select committee dealing with the equal marriage bill, to say that legalising equal marriage would reduce the number of youth suicides.
22nd January 2013
New Zealand: Select committee hears of benefits to legalising equal marriage 3
2:06 AM — The select committee considering the New Zealand equal marriage bill has heard from two charities which gave the benefits of legalising equal marriage for the physical and mental health of the population, in their submissions.
17th January 2013
New Zealand pastor accused of trying to rig equal marriage poll 18
12:53 PM — The head of an evangelical church in Auckland has been discovered attempting to rig a cabinet minister's poll on a pending equal marriage bill.
9th January 2013
New Zealand dismisses complaints against Pope equal marriage blessing advert 8
2:32 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority in New Zealand has dismissed complaints about a new advert which depicts Pope Benedict XVI blessing a gay couple's wedding, saying it is unlikely to cause widespread offence.