23rd March 2015
Australian MPs receive 1 million emails asking for equal marriage 5
12:18 PM — MPs in Australia have received a deluge of more than a million emails, calling for a free vote to be held on same-sex marriage.
1st November 2014
Gay rights activist named ‘Australian of the year’ in Tasmania 6
2:37 PM — An activist for Australian Marriage Equality has been named as Tasmania's Australian of the year.
5th August 2014
Australia: School chaplain apologises for claiming homosexuality is ‘not normal’ in Facebook post 4
4:33 PM — A chaplain at a Tasmanian school has apologised, after claiming homosexuality is "not normal" on Facebook.
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.
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.
31st August 2010
Tasmanian LGBT activists welcome recognition of Interstate and overseas same-sex unions 6
3:52 PM — Legislation has been passed by the State Lower House in Tasmania which will allow same-sex couples in interstate or overseas unions to be automatically recognised under Tasmanian law without the need to re-register their status.
19th February 2010
Actors paid to ‘act gay’ in Sydney Mardi Gras 18
11:21 AM — Actors were paid to pretend to be gay in 2008's Sydney Mardi Gras, it has been claimed. According to the Scavenger, at least six actors were hired by furniture company IKEA to join its float.
15th February 2010
Sydney Mardi Gras attacked for being ‘too corporate’ 12
4:09 PM — The world's biggest gay festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, has been criticised for being too interested in corporate relationships, rather than community values and local activism.