21st October 2013
Australia: ACT equal marriage bill to be altered in face of high court challenge by government 9
6:12 PM — The equal marriage bill for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is to be altered in order to protect it against a High Court challenge by the Australian federal government.
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.
Australia: HIV infection rate for gay men at record high 9
10:56 AM — New figures show that a record number of gay and bisexual men were diagnosed with HIV last year in Australia.
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.
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
DJ claims she is ‘scorned ex-lover’ of X-Factor judge and singer Demi Lovato
5:40 PM — An Australian radio DJ has taken to Twitter and Instagram to claim that she had a fling with US singer songwriter Demi Demi Lovato.
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.
Australian trade union: Labor MPs should be forced to vote in favour of equal marriage 4
11:44 AM — The National Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union says he wants Labor MPs to be forced to vote in favour of equal marriage.
1st October 2013
Video: Julia Gillard notes her ‘dated’ feminist views as reason for opposing equal marriage 38
7:41 PM — Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has made her first public appearance since being ousted as Prime Minister in June, and when asked, blamed her opposition to equal marriage on her 1980s feminist politics.
24th September 2013
Australian Catholic priest excommunicated by Vatican over support for gay rights 22
4:31 PM — An Australian priest has been excommunicated by the Vatican over his support for gay rights and women, just days after the pope called for Catholics to “find a new balance” by refraining from frequent condemnation on gay issues.
Australia: Gay man convicted of murdering partner with antique mannequin 6
3:39 PM — A gay man murdered his partner with an antique mannequin, a court in Sydney has heard.
Australia: Man kills boyfriend in truck accident 2
2:01 PM — An Australian truck driver accused of killing his boyfriend after he ran over him with a truck has been left “devastated” by what his lawyer says is “an accident gone wrong”.
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."
Australia: Incoming Catholic Archbishop calls for halt to equal marriage legislation 34
5:11 PM — The incoming Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn has said that he wants a moratorium called to stop the passage of any new laws on same-sex marriage in Australia.
16th September 2013
Australian Capital Territory government to introduce equal marriage legislation this week 9
1:33 PM — The Australian Capital Territory's government has announced that it will introduce a bill this week to legalise same-sex marriage in the territory.
7th September 2013
Australia votes to reject Kevin Rudd and his promise of overturning gay marriage ban 83
12:17 PM — Australia’s Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has lost the general election and with it dash the hopes of Australia introducing same-sex marriage.
5th September 2013
Where do each of the G20 countries stand on LGBT rights? 36
3:23 PM — Today 20 of the world's leading economies meet to discuss issues of global importance, the G20 summit is to take place in Russia which has found itself at the centre of an international storm of controversy over its law which bans the promotion of "non traditional" relationships.
2nd September 2013
Australia: Hotel security guards sacked following accusations of homophobic slurs 1
5:39 PM — Two hotel security guards in Melbourne have lost their jobs following accusations of homophobic slurs directed at patrons on Sunday evening.
Watch the Australian PM destroy a pastor’s arguments against same-sex marriage 18
4:02 PM — In a Q&A appearance on Australian television, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd defended his support of same-sex marriage after a local pastor challenged him to measure his views against the Biblical definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.