19th September 2012
Australian senator resigns after comparing equal marriage to bestiality 25
2:55 PM — An Australian senator has resigned from the opposition's frontbench after he said that allowing same-sex couples to marry could lead to sanctioning polygamy and even bestiality.
Australia votes against legalising equal marriage 51
9:58 AM — Lawmakers in the Australian Parliament have overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would have introduced equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.
18th September 2012
Australian Senate unlikely to support equal marriage, says Finance minister 16
12:19 PM — Senator Penny Wong, Australia’s gay Finance minister is downplaying expectations that the country’s upper parliamentary chamber will support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in an historic vote, due to take place in the next 24 hours.
11th September 2012
Australian amateur gay footballer comes out and starts pro-gay petition 4
1:23 PM — Aussie Rules player Jason Ball has begun a campaign on Change.org to have a ‘No to Homophobia ad’ aired during the AFL Grand Final.
Australian PM supports bid to host 2014 gay rugby world cup 13
11:55 AM — Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard has officially given her backing to a bid for the country to host the next Bingham Cup. The cup is named after Mark Bingham, a gay rugby player who died on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11 2001.
10th September 2012
Australia: Archbishop backs anti-gay ‘smoking’ comments of Christian leader 61
3:29 PM — The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen is supporting comments made by the head of the Australian Christian Jim Wallace, who last week suggested that a gay “lifestyle” is more hazardous to health than smoking.
Australia: Priest hopeful for a “more inclusive Christianity” including marriage equality 12
12:35 AM — An Australian priest has spoken out saying that he is hopeful that he will one day be able to bless same-sex marriages, and will speak at a church council in the hopes of starting things off.
6th September 2012
Australian PM cancels speech over Christian gay ‘smoking’ row 23
11:59 AM — Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pulled out from attending a Christian lobby conference after its head suggested smoking was healthier than an LGBT lifestyle.
5th September 2012
Sydney: Christian doctor banned for prescribing chemical castration ‘gay cure’ to teen 58
7:07 PM — An Australian doctor and member of a conservative Christian sect has been banned from practicing medicine after he prescribed a teenager a chemical castration drug for use as a ‘gay cure’.
Australian Christian lobbyist: Gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry because they are more likely to smoke 62
12:48 PM — The head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) appears to have come up with a whole new reason for why Australia should be against equal marriage.
30th August 2012
Tasmania: equal marriage bill passes in first stage of parliament 20
8:35 PM — Tasmanian advocators of equal marriage celebrated today, as a bill to legalise same-sex marriage was passed in the first chamber of parliament.
28th August 2012
Australian Football league launches major anti-homophobia drive 6
1:05 PM — The Australian Football League (AFL) has "declared war" on homophobia in a new initiative.
22nd August 2012
Australian rugby player speaks out for marriage equality on television 9
12:01 PM — Australian rugby player David Pocock has pledged that he and his girlfriend will not marry until marriage equality is legalised in Australia.
20th August 2012
Australian Greens concerned over too-early vote on marriage equality bill 11
10:09 AM — The Australian Green Party have voiced their concerns over the government attempting to bring an early vote on the marriage equality bill in an attempt to clear it off the political agenda.
12th August 2012
Gay Olympic hero Matthew Mitcham decides not to retire from diving 12
12:34 PM — Despite a shock exit from the 10m platform semi-final yesterday, Matthew Mitcham, one of the very few openly gay Olympians says that he has decided not to retire from sport after the London 2012 Olympics.
11th August 2012
Gay Olympic hero Matthew Mitcham fails to join Tom Daley in diving final 24
12:07 PM — Australian reigning Olympic 10m platform diving champion Matthew Mitcham has narrowly missed out on a place in tonight's Olympic final.
10th August 2012
Gay diver Matthew Mitcham joins Tom Daley in Olympic semi-final 10
11:54 PM — Australian reigning Olympic 10m platform diving champion Matthew Mitcham has secured a place in the tomorrow's semi-final.
Journalism student uncovers ‘transphobic and homophobic culture’ at major Australian newspaper 8
4:34 PM — A journailsm student at the University of Melboune has exposed what she described as a "sexist, transphobic and homophobic culture" at the Herald Sun, one of the country's biggest newspapers.
Mass rallies in support of marriage equality to take place across Australia this weekend 5
12:54 PM — Mass rallies are taking place in eight Australian cities this weekend to mark the eight-year anniversary of the country's ban on marriage equality.
Gay Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham declares he’ll dive naked if he wins Gold 47
11:46 AM — Australian Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham has decalred that he'll dive naked if he wins another Gold medal.