31st May 2012
Australia: New South Wales Parliament calls on federal government for equal marriage laws 11
2:26 PM — The Upper House of the Parliament in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has called on the federal government to allow gay couples to marry and to allow religious bodies to perform ceremonies if they choose.
18th May 2012
Tasmania: 250 attend vigil at ‘Excellent Marriage’ anti-gay marriage conference 10
12:52 PM — 250 people attended a vigil outside an anti-marriage equality conference in Tasmania last night as it was revealed the winning video message in a conference competition to define 'excellent marriage' was from a gay man.
12th May 2012
Australia: Victims of a Facebook hate group sue the military 7
5:25 PM — Just as Australian military marks the twentieth anniversary of making it possible for gay men and women to serve openly in the military, the victims of a Facebook hate page that revealed and threatened gay members serving therein, have filed a law suit over the army's handling of the scandal.
3rd May 2012
Australia: Former High Court judge speaks up for equal marriage 19
10:56 PM — A former High Court judge in Australia, in testifying to a parliamentary inquiry into equal marriage, has said that all rights afforded to heterosexual citizens should also be afforded to LGBT citizens.
2nd May 2012
Comment: Four reasons the Christian and Jewish faiths are set to approve equal marriage 36
4:19 PM — The greatest revision of belief within the Judaeo-Christian faiths since the Reformation is underway, Alan Austin writes.
22nd April 2012
Australia: Speaker steps down over allegations of sexual harassment 3
8:58 PM — The Speaker of Australia's House of Representatives, Rt Hon Peter Slipper, has stepped down from his parliamentary position, over allegations that he sexually harassed a male staff member, and misused publicly-funded Cabcharges.
21st April 2012
Australia: Parliamentary Speaker denies allegations of sexually harassing a male employee 12
4:09 PM — The Speaker of Australia's House of Representatives, Rt Hon Peter Slipper, has denied that he sexually harassed a male staff member and misused parliamentary public-funds known as Cabcharges.
19th April 2012
Complaints over Margaret Court’s gay ‘choice’ article ‘trash free speech’, group says 29
12:48 PM — The Australian Christian Lobby has said a decision to uphold complaints over an article written by tennis legend Margaret Court in which she said homosexuality was a choice as a victory for 'aggressively intolerant' gay activists.
18th April 2012
Matthew Mitcham happy to be seen as an LGBT icon 12
11:30 PM — The Australian Olympic champion, Matthew Mitcham, has said that he's happy to be seen as an icon for the LGBT community, and did not mind the attention that would be drawn to his personal life as a result.
Video: Tony Abbott’s dinner interrupted by equal marriage activists 16
11:02 PM — The Australian opposition leader, Tony Abbott, who is against equal marriage in the country, has been the target of a small group of equal marriage activists during dinner with a journalist at a restaurant.
13th April 2012
Australia’s first openly gay party leader stands down 5
12:54 PM — Bob Brown, the leader of the Australian Greens has announced his resignation as his party's leader and a senator in the Canberra federal parliament.
12th April 2012
Australia: Equal marriage likened to incest 55
10:38 PM — A Christian opponent of marriage equality in Australia has compared homosexuality to incest, and said that people with same-sex attraction can be "cured."
10th April 2012
Video: TV show ‘Neighbours’ features first ever gay kiss 30
10:25 PM — The Australian soap-opera 'Neighbours' has featured its first ever gay kiss in its 27 year history, in an episode which aired on Monday.
9th April 2012
Study finds high levels of homophobia in Australia’s Arab community 12
2:49 PM — A study in Australia has found many gay people in the country's Arabic community have been subject to high levels of homophobic violence and verbal abuse.
7th April 2012
Australia: Opposition leader’s sister confirms lesbian relationship 24
10:19 PM — Tony Abbott, the Opposition leader in Australia, has commended the bravery of his sister in publicly affirming her same-sex relationship, but has said that it will not shift his stance on equal marriage.
6th April 2012
Australian faith leaders declare support for gay couples marrying 15
1:34 PM — Twenty Australian faith leaders have signed a letter urging citizens of the country to declare their support for same sex-marriage to two federal parliamentary inquiries on the issue.
2nd April 2012
Australia: Poor mental health among LGBT people 31
11:05 PM — Almost 80 per cent of LGBT Australians have suffered from intense anxiety in the past year alone, according to a new survey released today.
30th March 2012
Anti-gay MP is Queensland’s first female parliamentary speaker 38
2:13 PM — Anti-gay Australian MP Fiona Simpson has been announced as the new Speaker of Queensland's parliament. Ms Simpson will be the state's first ever female Parliamentary Speaker.
29th March 2012
US scientific study claims male dolphins are bisexual 18
5:02 PM — Research scientists at the University of Massachusetts have concluded that male dolphins conduct intense social relationships and are found to engage in extensive bisexuality.
28th March 2012
Union for Progressive Judaism supports gay couples marrying in Australia 18
10:19 AM — The Australian Union for Progressive Judaism has made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill.