30th July 2013
Canada: Vancouver unveils permanent rainbow crossings to celebrate pride week 5
11:20 AM — The city of Vancouver has unveiled rainbow street crossings amid this week's Pride Week celebrations, and unlike similar crossings in Sydney earlier this year which were later removed, the local council says they are permanent.
28th July 2013
Holly Valance: ‘I like Kim Kardashian’s style, but I dress like an angry lesbian’ 11
9:29 PM — Australian actress, singer and TV presenter Holly Valance has spoken in an interview about her personal style to say that she thinks she dresses "like an angry lesbian".
27th July 2013
Australia: New South Wales gets legal go-ahead for equal marriage bill 27
9:55 AM — An Australian parliamentary committee has ruled that the country's federal government does not have sole responsibility for marriage equality laws, paving the way for the state of New South Wales (NSW) to introduce its own same-sex marriage bill.
20th July 2013
Study finds that children of gay parents are generally happier than those with straight parents 48
7:05 PM — A study has found that children growing up with gay parents are on average happier than those raised by straight parents.
14th July 2013
Australia: Sister of PM Kevin Rudd calls for Russian-style anti-gay propaganda law 95
11:39 AM — The sister of recently re-established Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has told journalists she believes the law should protect Australian children from being told that homosexuality is "normal".
6th July 2013
Australia: Bill will stop faith schools from expelling students based on sexual orientation 13
7:36 PM — A private members bill will soon be introduced in the New South Wales State Parliament, which would remove the right of religious schools to expel students who come out as gay.
28th June 2013
Australia: Children with same-sex parents have ‘better overall health’ than national average 9
6:54 PM — An Australian report on the children of same-sex couples has revealed that they have higher self-esteem, greater family cohesion, and better overall health than the national average.
Australia: Kevin Rudd pledges to push for referendum on equal marriage 9
11:10 AM — Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced his intentions to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage, just one day after being sworn in to the role.
27th June 2013
Tasmanian lawmakers pass same-sex adoption bill 1
3:34 PM — Same-sex couples in Tasmania will be able to adopt children not previously known to them following the passage of a bill by the upper parliamentary house.
26th June 2013
Australia’s first lesbian cabinet minister elected Senate leader 5
6:52 PM — Penny Wong has been elected unopposed as leader of the Australian Senate.
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.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard loses leadership ballot to equal marriage supporter Kevin Rudd 15
12:08 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is strongly opposed to equal marriage, has been ousted as leader of her party by Kevin Rudd.
19th June 2013
South Australia officially congratulates New Zealand on equal marriage, ahead of introduction of its own bill 2
4:23 PM — The South Australian parliament has passed a motion to officially congratulate New Zealand for passing its same-sex marriage bill earlier this year, ahead of the introduction of its own bill later this week.
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.
South Australia to debate motion to formally congratulate New Zealand for marriage equality 8
1:10 AM — The Upper House in South Australia is on Wednesdsay to debate a motion which would formally congratulate New Zealand for legalising equal marriage earlier this year.
14th June 2013
Australia: Radio host sacked for asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner is gay 50
9:58 AM — A radio presenter who asked Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a live interview if her partner is gay has been sacked.
13th June 2013
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard: It’s ‘absurd’ to think my hairdresser partner Tim Mathieson is gay 18
3:13 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has criticised a radio host for asking if her partner, Tim Mathieson, is gay during a live interview.
6th June 2013
Australia: Greens MP accuses Government of delaying vote on equal marriage bill 10
1:45 AM — A Green Party MP in Australia has accused the Labor Party of delaying a vote on a private members bill to legalise equal marriage.
30th May 2013
Australia: Equal marriage groups call for legal recognition of overseas same-sex marriages 5
1:02 PM — Following the first same-sex wedding to take place in France yesterday, Australian advocates of equal marriage are now calling for the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages.
29th May 2013
Australia: Removed Sydney rainbow crossing to be replaced with permanent installation 6
3:52 PM — A permanent installation is to be made in Sydney, following outrage when a rainbow crossing was removed in April, despite strong calls to leave it in place.