16 January 2012
Call for rainbow flags as Australian Open starts
As the Australian Open began today, a group is calling for fans to raise rainbow flags to protest in a "peaceful, non-disruptive" way against anti-gay comments made by former tennis champion Margaret Court.
11 January 2012
Stephen Fry supports Catholic priest’s ‘gay panic’ petition
Stephen Fry backed an Australian Catholic priest's petition to eliminate the "gay panic" defence from Queensland's criminal courts as signatures reached 10,000.
10 January 2012
8,500 sign Catholic priest’s petition to end “gay panic” defence
A Catholic priest in Queensland, Australia has seen huge support for his petition to have the “gay panic" defence struck out.
6 January 2012
Actor slams “dragphobic” complaints to tampon advert
The drag queen who featured in a recently-pulled "transphobic" tampon advert has hit back at critics.
5 January 2012
Former tennis star Margaret Court “does not hate homosexual people”
One-time world champion tennis star Margaret Court has denied she "hates" gays, saying she has them in her church and works with them, but has added that young people "need to know it's a choice".
3 January 2012
New Zealand company pulls “transphobic” advert
Libra, a company which manufactures feminine hygiene products in Australasia, has pulled an advert which provoked outrage among the trans community.
30 December 2011
Catholic priest petitions to remove Australian “gay panic defence”
A Catholic priest in Queensland, Australia has started an online petition to ensure the complete removal of the "homosexual advance defence", which has been used to attempt to have murder charges lessened to manslaughter if the victim had propositioned the killer.
22 December 2011
Australian Psychological Society backs call for equal marriage rights
The Australian Psychological Society has officially given its support to full marriage equality for gay couples, adding the voice of its 20,000 members to the debate.
15 December 2011
Former tennis star Margaret Court serves up controversy over gay marriage
Margaret Court, once the world's number one female tennis player, well-known for her anti-gay views, has sparked a heated row with other former champions after saying gays were "aggressively demanding marriage rights that are not theirs to take."
14 December 2011
Australian lesbians turn down bishop’s offer after school refuses their child
A couple in Australia whose child was rejected from a Catholic school because of their sexuality have been offered a place after intervention by the diocese's bishop, but they have turned down the offer.
14 December 2011
Australia’s gay finance minister Penny Wong announces daughter’s birth
Penny Wong said her partner Sophie Allouache had given birth to a daughter on Sunday morning, a week after a groundbreaking vote by the Australian Labor Party to formally support equal marriage.
13 December 2011
Sister of former Australian PM leaves Labor over marriage equality “nonsense”
The sister of Australia's former Prime Minister and current Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has officially left the party over what she termed the "utter nonsense" of gay marriage.
8 December 2011
Australia lifts ban on certificates for gay couples marrying abroad
The Australian government has lifted a ban which hindered the ability of gay couples to marry overseas.
6 December 2011
Australian church which sacked pro-gay marriage pastor “hardly Christian”
Rev Matt Glover, a pastor who supports a marriage equality campaign for Christians, has been sacked from his position at a Baptist Church in Melbourne, the group Australian Marriage Equality says.
3 December 2011
Australian Labor party conference defies prime minister Julia Gillard to support gay marriage
Australia's ruling Labor party has voted to support the introduction of gay marriage although party leader and prime minister Julia Gillard is opposed to changing the law.
2 December 2011
140,000 Australians sign equal marriage petition amid “unstoppable momentum”
The petition was presented to Prime Minister Julia Gillard's annual party conference, which she opened saying she hoped for a "fair dinkum" event, adding: "We came here for debate".
2 December 2011
Hugh Jackman’s wife dismisses “tragic” gay rumours
Hugh Jackman's wife of 15 years has denied the latest rumour her husband is gay.
28 November 2011
Video: Australian marriage equality short becomes overnight hit
A pro-marriage equality video by Australian action group GetUp has become a Youtube sensation since its release before the weekend, racking up 1.6 million views over four days.
25 November 2011
Opponents’ poll finds equal marriage a “low priority” issue in Australia
The Ambrose Centre, which opposes marriage equality, found 49% of people supported gay marriage, compared with 40% against, but that it was only thought to be "very important" by 27% of the population.
15 November 2011
Campaigners: Australian PM should represent the 71% of her supporters who want gay marriage
Equal marriage supporters say Julia Gillard should reflect the beliefs of nearly three quarters of her voters, as the prime minister reaffirms her opposition to such a move.