26th February 2010
Australian presenters to be investigated for ‘anti-gay’ remarks 28
12:45 PM — Two Australian sports commentators are facing an investigation by the New South Wales anti-discrimination board for their remarks about men's figure skating.
25th February 2010
Australian Senate rejects gay marriage bill 13
2:57 PM — The Australian Senate today rejected a bill to give equal marriage rights to gay citizens. The bill was introduced by the Greens but was defeated 45-5, just days before the world's biggest gay celebration, Sydney Mardi Gras.
19th February 2010
Complaints over Australian commentators’ gay remarks 93
3:54 PM — Two Australian sports commentators who made a series of remarks about men's figure skating at the Winter Olympics have been accused of homophobia.
Actors paid to ‘act gay’ in Sydney Mardi Gras 18
11:21 AM — Actors were paid to pretend to be gay in 2008's Sydney Mardi Gras, it has been claimed. According to the Scavenger, at least six actors were hired by furniture company IKEA to join its float.
15th February 2010
Sydney Mardi Gras attacked for being ‘too corporate’ 12
4:09 PM — The world's biggest gay festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, has been criticised for being too interested in corporate relationships, rather than community values and local activism.
3rd February 2010
Gay animal rights group ‘denied place in Sydney Mardi Gras’ 10
6:39 PM — An animal rights group have complained they were denied a float at this year's Sydney Mardi Gras. Animal Liberation NSW said it was deemed "not queer enough" to warrant a place in the procession.
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.