28th June 2013
Australia: Kevin Rudd pledges to push for referendum on equal marriage 9
11:10 AM — Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced his intentions to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage, just one day after being sworn in to the role.
27th June 2013
Tasmanian lawmakers pass same-sex adoption bill 1
3:34 PM — Same-sex couples in Tasmania will be able to adopt children not previously known to them following the passage of a bill by the upper parliamentary house.
26th June 2013
Australia’s first lesbian cabinet minister elected Senate leader 5
6:52 PM — Penny Wong has been elected unopposed as leader of the Australian Senate.
Australia: Equal marriage campaigners welcome Julia Gillard’s decision to resign as prime minister 18
12:40 PM — Julia Gillard, who is strongly opposed to equal marriage, has confirmed she will resign as Australia's prime minister in favour of Kevin Rudd.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard loses leadership ballot to equal marriage supporter Kevin Rudd 15
12:08 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is strongly opposed to equal marriage, has been ousted as leader of her party by Kevin Rudd.
19th June 2013
South Australia officially congratulates New Zealand on equal marriage, ahead of introduction of its own bill 2
4:23 PM — The South Australian parliament has passed a motion to officially congratulate New Zealand for passing its same-sex marriage bill earlier this year, ahead of the introduction of its own bill later this week.
18th June 2013
Australian Senator Cory Bernardi: ‘I was right to warn that equal marriage could lead to polygamy’ 27
2:10 PM — An Australian senator, who resigned from the opposition’s frontbench after he said that allowing same-sex couples to marry could lead to sanctioning polygamy and even bestiality, says his original comments were correct.
South Australia to debate motion to formally congratulate New Zealand for marriage equality 8
1:10 AM — The Upper House in South Australia is on Wednesdsay to debate a motion which would formally congratulate New Zealand for legalising equal marriage earlier this year.
14th June 2013
Australia: Radio host sacked for asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner is gay 50
9:58 AM — A radio presenter who asked Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a live interview if her partner is gay has been sacked.
13th June 2013
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard: It’s ‘absurd’ to think my hairdresser partner Tim Mathieson is gay 18
3:13 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has criticised a radio host for asking if her partner, Tim Mathieson, is gay during a live interview.
6th June 2013
Australia: Greens MP accuses Government of delaying vote on equal marriage bill 10
1:45 AM — A Green Party MP in Australia has accused the Labor Party of delaying a vote on a private members bill to legalise equal marriage.
30th May 2013
Australia: Equal marriage groups call for legal recognition of overseas same-sex marriages 5
1:02 PM — Following the first same-sex wedding to take place in France yesterday, Australian advocates of equal marriage are now calling for the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages.
29th May 2013
Australia: Removed Sydney rainbow crossing to be replaced with permanent installation 6
3:52 PM — A permanent installation is to be made in Sydney, following outrage when a rainbow crossing was removed in April, despite strong calls to leave it in place.
27th May 2013
New Zealand’s ‘gay rainbow’ MP: ‘Be Ye Not Afraid of same-sex marriage’ 7
8:46 PM — Maurice Williamson, the New Zealand MP for Pakuranga whose pro-equal marriage speech went viral, has written an open letter to Australia and the rest of the world in defence of same-sex marriage.
24th May 2013
Australia: Man who stalked footballer and talked of ‘gay orgy’ jailed 3
10:48 AM — A fake doctor who claimed he organised a "gay orgy" at the family home of an Australian rules football player has been jailed after pleading guilty to stalking.
20th May 2013
Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd reverses anti-marriage equality stance 20
4:55 PM — The former Prime Minister of Australia and self-described 'god-botherer', Kevin Rudd, has stated that after a "re-think" on same-sex marriage he has decided to support it, reversing his previous staunch opposition.
15th May 2013
The Wanted joke they would ‘dabble’ with gay sex 6
2:27 PM — Jay McGuiness, of the band The Wanted, has joked that most of his band mates would "dabble" with gay sex.
5th May 2013
Australia: Three available seats in Tasmanian Upper House likely to be populated with equal marriage opponents 5
3:30 AM — Equal marriage efforts in Tasmania looked to have taken a blow this week, as three available seats on the Legislative Council were set to be taken by equal marriage opponents.
2nd May 2013
Australia: Catholic priest breaks with official teachings to support civil unions 9
2:56 PM — A Catholic priest in the Australian Capital Canberra, has departed from the official teachings of the church to say that committed same-sex relationships should be celebrated.
29th April 2013
Comment: To Australia’s Prime Minister: Follow the lead of your homeland (Wales) & support marriage equality 23
7:00 PM — Murray Lipp, an Australian citizen living in New York and administrator of the Facebook page ‘Gay Marriage USA’, discusses Australia’s slow progress towards marriage equality in a comment piece for PinkNews.