4th November 2013
December date set for High Court challenge of Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage law 6
11:08 AM — A legal challenge against the Australian Capital Territory’s same-sex marriage law will be heard in the country’s High Court less than a week before the first weddings are due to take place.
23rd October 2013
Australian PM Tony Abbott warns gay couples against marrying in the ACT 28
12:26 PM — Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned anyone planning to marry under a new regional same-sex marriage law to wait for legal action to conclude.
22nd October 2013
Australian Capital Territory legalises equal marriage 11
9:32 AM — The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has become Australia's first state to introduce marriage rights for same-sex couples.
21st October 2013
Lesbian sister of Australia’s anti-equal marriage Prime Minister proposes to partner 4
2:40 PM — Christine Forster, the sister of Australia's Prime Minister, has revealed that she has proposed to her partner Virginia Edwards.
11th October 2013
Tony Abbott hints at allowing Australian MPs a conscience vote on equal marriage 5
11:50 AM — Australia’s Prime Minister is keeping his options open on giving MPs a potential conscience vote on equal marriage - although Tony Abbott remains opposed to the reform.
10th October 2013
Australia’s federal government to challenge ACT’s equal marriage law 7
12:01 PM — Australia’s federal government plans to challenge the Australian Capital Territory’s same-sex marriage law in the High court.
2nd October 2013
Sister of Australian PM says he may be beginning to see equal marriage ‘in a slightly different way’ 8
4:25 PM — The sister of Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Australia, has said he may be "shifting" his stance on equal marriage, despite conceding that he may never vote in favour of it.
19th September 2013
Australia: PM asks for legal advice over Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage bill 8
5:15 PM — The Australian Captial Territory's equal marriage bill was tabled today to rapturous applause, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that he is seeking legal advice as to "how far the ACT can go with this."
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.
29th August 2013
Australia: Tony Abbott makes campaign pitch at school that calls homosexuality an ‘abomination’ 29
3:03 PM — Australia’s opposition leader, who is vying to become the country’s next prime minister, has visited a Christian school that believes homosexuality is an “abomination”.
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.
15th August 2013
Katy Perry tells Australia’s opposition leader ‘I wouldn’t vote for you because you oppose equal marriage’ 5
12:52 PM — Katy Perry has told Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott that she wouldn't vote for him because of his opposition to equal marriage.
14th August 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tells Liberal leader ‘there’s no place for homophobia in Australia’ 7
3:00 PM — Australia's PM Kevin Rudd says there is “no place” for sexism, racism or homophobia in the country following Liberal leader Tony Abbott's outspoken remarks.
Australian opposition leader says equal marriage is just the ‘fashion of the moment’ 23
11:26 AM — Tony Abbott, the leader of Australia's main opposition party and who is vying to become the country's next prime minister, has come under fire for suggesting that same-sex marriage is something that is just in fashion at the moment.
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.
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.
29th April 2013
Comment: To Australia’s Prime Minister: Follow the lead of your homeland (Wales) & support marriage equality 23
7:00 PM — Murray Lipp, an Australian citizen living in New York and administrator of the Facebook page ‘Gay Marriage USA’, discusses Australia’s slow progress towards marriage equality in a comment piece for PinkNews.
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.
28th April 2013
Australia: MP calls for election day referendum on equal marriage 30
5:06 PM — An independent Australian MP has proposed that the issue of equal marriage be put to voters in a referendum, as soon as this September, in a move supported by the Green Party.
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.