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.
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.