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.
30th August 2013
Australian tennis star announces she is gay and that she is now a mother 7
7:40 PM — An Australian tennis star surprised fans this week with by announcing publicly that she is gay, as well as the birth of her first child.
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.
16th August 2013
Australian progressive church uses signs to say: ‘Some people are gay, get over it, love God’ 14
6:47 PM — A progressive Anglican church in Australia has been using its signs to preach tolerance towards gay and lesbian people.
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.
13th August 2013
Gay Australian Senate leader: I don’t support an equal marriage referendum as the campaign would be too hateful 19
11:49 AM — The leader of the Australian Senate says she's not in favour of a referendum on equal marriage - despite supporting marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Australia: Treasurer says Kevin Rudd’s commitment to equal marriage may offer political advantage 2
12:17 AM — The ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr, has predicted that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's commitment to introduce same-sex marriage could bring with it a political advantage in several seats in next month's election.
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.
11th August 2013
Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pledges to introduce equal marriage if reelected 10
4:42 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd has promised to allow a full conscience vote on equal marriage, should be be re-elected in next month's election.
8th August 2013
Australia: Court allows trans teenagers to undergo hormone therapy 3
5:06 PM — An Australian family court judge has given permission for two trans teenagers to undergo hormone treatment, after it was revealed that both teens had self-harmed and contemplated suicide.