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.
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.