7th January 2010
New South Wales government upholds gay adoption ban 7
4:13 PM — The Australian state of New South Wales has opted to continue a ban on gay couples adopting. Although a parliamentary inquiry had recommended that changing the law would be in the best interests of children, the state government said there was not enough evidence of support for it.
24th December 2009
Father accused of forcing ‘gay’ son to have sex with a prostitute
4:59 PM — A father is standing trial in Queensland, Australia, for allegedly forcing his 14-year-old son to sleep with a prostitute because he thought the boy was gay. According to the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, the alleged incident happened in 2007 at a family barbecue.
17th December 2009
Australian music teacher acquitted of lesbian affair with student 3
12:09 PM — An Australian music teacher has been acquitted over allegations she had a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old pupil. Leonie Pech, 42, was charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and two counts of indecent assault.
10th December 2009
New Jersey’s gay marriage vote cancelled 4
12:20 PM — The state Senate vote on gay marriage in New Jersey has been cancelled. Democrat sponsors Raymond J Lesniak and Loretta Weinberg reportedly withdrew the bill from today's agenda because it was headed for defeat.
30th November 2009
Australian teacher accused of lesbian affair with pupil
3:15 PM — An Australian music teacher has pleaded not guilty to repeatedly counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a female pupil.
27th November 2009
Australian gay marriage ‘could lead to incest and polygamy’, religious figures say 35
6:48 PM — Marriage equality rights in Australia could lead to legal recognition of incest and polygamy, critics have said. A Senate inquiry yesterday recommended that gay marriahe should not be legalised, although the government has allowed civil union ceremonies to remain in the ACT.
26th November 2009
Australian government backs down on civil union ceremonies 9
11:54 AM — The Australian federal government has opted not to quash laws allowing legally-binding civil union ceremonies for gay couples in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
25th November 2009
Gay couple have Australia’s first legally recognised civil union ceremony 8
2:16 PM — Warren McGaw and Chris Rumble have become the first Australian gay couple to have their civil partnership ceremony legally recognised. Their ceremony was performed yesterday in Canberra in the ACT.
24th November 2009
Australian prime minister tipped to veto civil unions 10
8:32 PM — Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd will overturn legislation allowing legally-binding civil partnership ceremonies in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), it has been reported.
23rd November 2009
Australian prime minister challenged on gay marriage by party 3
6:44 PM — Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of Australia, has been challenged by his party to pass legislation allowing gay marriage. The Australian Labor Party in the state of Victoria passed a resolution in support of marriage equality last weekend.
16th November 2009
‘Homophobic’ Beenie Man concerts axed in Australia and New Zealand 13
11:41 AM — A string of concerts by Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man have been cancelled after organisers faced a wave of protest from gay rights groups. Big Day Out said his appearance would "mar" the festival for many people.
4th November 2009
Lesbian mothers in Tasmania get legal recognition 1
6:37 PM — Lesbian mothers who are not the biological parents of their children have been granted legal recognition by Tasmania's legislative council.
30th September 2009
Tasmania to give gay couples official ceremonies 4
10:39 AM — Gay couples in the Australian state of Tasmania will soon be able to have an official ceremony in which to register their relationships.
14th September 2009
Gay Australians want marriage, not partnerships 9
10:49 AM — A survey of gay and lesbian Australians has found that the majority would prefer marriage over civil partnerships.
9th September 2009
Australia’s HIV rates lowest for ten years 3
5:48 PM — Rates of HIV infections in Australia are at their lowest level in ten years, according to new official figures. However, experts have urged caution, saying the change may be due to new data collation methods.
18th August 2009
Australian trans men win court appeal over surgery 7
1:26 PM — Two Australian trans men have won a court appeal allowing them to be legally recognised as men without having to have their female reproductive organs removed.
3rd August 2009
Gay couples protest Australian gay marriage ban with mock weddings 6
2:11 PM — Around 2,000 demonstrators marched on the Labor Party's annual conference in Sydney, Australia, to protest about the continuing ban on gay marriage.
29th July 2009
Australian prime minister stands firm against gay marriage 17
10:39 AM — Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of Australia, has said that while he welcomes debate on gay marriage, he will not support it.
23rd July 2009
Men banned from lesbian event in Australia 26
12:43 PM — A company in Australia specialising in lesbian parties has won a case allowing it to ban men from its events. The judgement comes just days after a row involving a gay bar in Torquay, where a lesbian was turned away.
16th June 2009
Australian survey finds rise in support for gay marriage 5
11:08 AM — A survey has found rising support for gay marriage in Australia. The research, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality (AME), showed that 60 per cent of those questioned are in favour of same-sex marriage, compared with 57 per cent two years ago.