8th August 2012
Matthew Mitcham ‘most influential Australian Olympian on Twitter’ 11
11:18 AM — Openly gay gold medal-winning diver Matthew Mitcham is the most influential athlete on the Australian team at this year's London Olympics, according to a PR firm in his home country.
6th August 2012
Australia: Tasmania to legislate for equal marriage rights if federal bill fails 11
4:19 PM — The Parliament of Tasmania may pass equal marriage laws for the island's gay couples after the Australian state's premier announced support for the move.
25th July 2012
Australia: Extremist preacher bailed on Mardi Gras terror charge 16
4:09 PM — An extremist Muslim preacher has been bailed in Australia after answering charges for allegedly threatening a terrorist attack on Sydney's gay Mardi Gras parade and for possessing images of child abuse.
16th July 2012
Australian Olympic athlete in anti-straight room discrimination claim 38
2:26 PM — An Australian gunman competing at the London Olympics has said it is 'stupid' he and his wife are not allowed to share a room while 'tons of gay couples' representing Australia can.
12th July 2012
Queensland priest relaunches campaign against ‘gay panic’ defence 9
2:22 PM — A Queensland priest who started a campaign to have the 'gay panic' comprehensively removed from local law in Australia has relaunched his campaign.
8th July 2012
Australia: ACT bid to remove surgery requirement for trans recognition 3
11:43 PM — Legal and human rights groups in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are pushing to change a law which requires transgender people to have surgery in order to change their legal gender.
6th July 2012
Australia: Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull hits out at anti-gay ‘hypocrisy’ 16
10:38 PM — Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has attacked anti-gay campaigners as "dripping with the worst sort of hypocrisy". Frontbencher Mr Turnbull, who was delivering a lecture on the Gold Coast, attacked the coalition for its unwillingness to legalise marriage for gay couples, The Age reports.
29th June 2012
Australia: 40 percent of gay couples identify as Christian 27
10:52 AM — According to 2011 census figures, 40 percent of gay couples in Australia identify themselves as Christians, compared with two-thirds of straight couples.
28th June 2012
Queensland: Groups fear three-year prison sentences under gay surrogacy ban 12
12:24 PM — Equality advocates are meeting to oppose the new Queensland government's plan to criminalise surrogacy arrangements for gay couples, single people and some straight couples.
25th June 2012
Australia: Senate committee backs marriage equality in ‘watershed’ report 5
2:09 PM — A cross-party senate committee in Australia has published recommendations for a free vote on marriage equality legislation in the country's federal parliament and called on senators to support the move.
24th June 2012
Australian Salvation Army apologises for spokesman arguing gays should be executed 53
1:02 PM — Following a senior official in the The Australian Salvation Army has apologised after a senior official told an Australian LGBT radio station that gay people should be put to death. The organisation now said " the interview has led to a serious misunderstanding of our teaching and that clarification should have been given during the interview."
23rd June 2012
Audio: Australian Salvation Army chief: ‘Gay people should be put to death’ 192
6:54 PM — In a discussion for Australia's Joy 94.9 FM, a senior official in the Australian Salvation Army suggested that sexually active LGBT people should be put to death. The discussion between LGBT journalists Serena Ryan and Pete Dillon; and Major Andrew Craibe, the Salvation Army’s Territorial Media Relations Director for the Southern Territory in Victoria senior Salvation Army followed the singer Darren Hayes saying that the organisation should be boycotted because of its attitude to homosexuality.
22nd June 2012
Queensland ‘downgrades’ civil partnerships and will ban gay surrogacy 100
10:38 AM — The Australian state of Queensland will remove gay couples' ability to have children through surrogacy and downgrade civil partnerships to the class of 'registered relationships', after a debate in Parliament last night.
21st June 2012
Australia: Census records nearly 34,000 gay couples 22
2:58 PM — Data from Australia's 2011 census have been released today and show 33,714 gay couples, 1,338 of whom are married.
20th June 2012
Australia: MP wishes wife a happy anniversary in speech against marriage for gay couples 52
1:39 PM — Australian MP John Murphy paused during a speech in which he opposed equal marriage rights for gay couples to wish his own wife a happy anniversary on Monday.
18th June 2012
Australia: Equal marriage headed for a defeat in the Parliament 31
11:06 PM — Gay rights activists in Australia and pro-equality politicians are bracing themselves for a parliamentary defeat on equal marriage, even as a public consultation on the matter finds record support for the measure.
11th June 2012
Australian prime minister: Not all loving relationships need marriage certificates 87
6:51 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, who is personally opposed to marriage rights for gay couples, has told the father of a gay man that not all loving relationships need to be recognised as marriages.
8th June 2012
Sydney team wins gay rugby world cup at Manchester final 8
11:41 AM — Gay Australian rugby team the Sydney Convicts have taken home the 2012 Bingham Cup, becoming gay rugby champions of the world.
7th June 2012
Australian Christian Lobby director likens equal marriage campaign to Nazi propaganda 53
10:56 AM — The Australian Christian Lobby has criticised the ethics of a morning television programme after it publicly supported an equal marriage campaign and said today the way it had been run would do 'great credit' to Nazi propagandists.
3rd June 2012
Video: Australian celebrities launch a high-profile campaign for equal marriage 10
5:37 PM — As the Out4Marriage campaign gathers momentum in the UK, celebrities in Australia have lent their voices to a high-profile equal marriage campaign, launched today.