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October 24, 2013

The High Court of Australia has bowed to the Australian Government’s request to have its challenge to the Australian Capital Territory’s same-sex marriage law expedited and will hold a first directions hearing tomorrow at 2.15pm

Australia’s highest court will begin hearing a challenge to the country’s first same-sex marriage law tomorrow at 2.15pm after it agreed to expedite an Australian Government challenge to the constitutionality of an Australian Capital Territory (ACT) bill allowing same-sex couples to marry.

The Australian Government has warned same-sex couples not to try to marry until the bill’s constitutionality has been established but GSN understands many will seek to marry in the window that the law operates while the High Court of Australia deliberates on it.

October 23, 2013

The Australian state of New South Wales will be the first to consider legalizing same-sex marriage at a state level following the Australian Capital Territory’s allowing same-sex couples to wed - and the state of Tasmania will revisit the issue soon after

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) will be introduced in the state Upper House as soon as next Thursday and all MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on it.

Labor member of the NSW Legislative Council Penny Sharpe will introduce the bill 31 October, with a debate on the bill to follow soon after.

October 11, 2013

The Australian campaign for the legalization of same-sex marriage has responded to Attorney-General George Brandis threat to challenge the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) marriage equality bill, saying they have confidence in the legislation and that the High Court threat will only encourage more couples to get married sooner

Australian campaigners for marriage equality have said that the Australian Government's plans to challenge the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) law allowing same-sex couples to marry will only prompt a flood of couples marrying in the territory.

'The Federal Government's plans do not come as a surprise. We are confident the law would survive a high court challenge,' Australian Marriage Equality Deputy Director Ivan Hinton said.

October 7, 2013

The Australian Government has indicated it will challenge an attempt to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia’s Capital Territory in the courts, claiming such marriages would be unconstitutional


The Australian Government will seek to have same-sex marriages conducted in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) declared unconstitutional in the High Court of Australia when the ACT Government passes its law.

October 7, 2013

A majority of the Synod of the Anglican Church of Western Australia has voted in support of a motion saying that legally recognized same-sex unions can coexist with heterosexual marriage

The Synod of the Anglican Church of Western Australia has passed a motion saying that gay civil unions can co-exist with heterosexual marriages – backing same-sex couples having their relationships legally recognized.

Rector of Darlington-Bellevue Anglican parish, the Reverend Chris Bedding told ABC News he had not been confident that his motion would pass but it was backed by more than the two-thirds majority needed for it to pass.

September 19, 2013

Independent MP Alex Greenwich wants the New South Wales State Parliament to pass a bill which would prevent religious schools from expelling, punishing and refusing to accept students because of their LGBT status

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich is seeking to narrow religious exemptions in the Australian state of New South Wales’ (NSW) anti-discrimination laws which allow schools run by religious groups to refuse to educate LGBT students and students in a range of other situations.

‘Currently NSW private school students can be expelled for being gay, lesbian, transgender, a teen mum, or a having a disability,’ Greenwich said in introducing his bill earlier today.

September 9, 2013

There will be more supporters of marriage equality in the next Australian Parliament despite a win by marriage equality opponent and Catholic conservative Tony Abbott
 

As the results of Australia’s preferential system of voting continue to be calculated it appears that there will be more votes in the new Australian Parliament for same-sex marriage than ever before.

Australian election rules allow people to mark candidates in their preferred order to win so that if a person’s most preferred candidate does not get enough votes to win office, their vote then flows to the next preferred candidate and so on.

August 12, 2013

LGBT Australians will take to the streets one last time to call for their right to marry before going to the polls on 7 September

Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Australia are hoping that one final push before the election will sway the minds of voters and politicians.

Equal Love Melbourne have organized a rally at Melbourne’s State Library for 7 August – less than a month before the election.

‘It's crunch time,’ event organizers said in a statement to GSN.

‘Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called the election date for September 7th. Now is the time to take the campaign to the streets again.’

August 6, 2013

The Rev. Fred Nile’s Christian Democratic Party has claimed that heterosexual couples are oppressed in Australia because same-sex couples earn more on average in an election infographic

Far-right Australian political group the Christian Democratic Party has claimed that ‘mum and dad tax payers’ are oppressed in Australia because they earn less on average than same-sex couples according to census data – even though this means same-sex couples pay higher taxes than they do.

August 5, 2013

Advocates for marriage equality in Australia have released polling that shows gay marriage will be a big issue for swing voters when they go to the polls 7 September

Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Australia have vowed to make the issue a key issue in the lead up to Australians voting on 7 September.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the election date yesterday and Australian Marriage Equality has released new polling that shows that same-sex marriage will be a key issue for swing voters.

July 16, 2013

Australian LGBT activists have called on Australian Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd to make a clear commitment to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage within his first 100 days should he be returned to government

Marriage equality activists from around Australia have signed a statement calling on Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to make a firm election promise on the issue following the passage of legislation by the UK House of Lords.

June 27, 2013

The last Australian state to legalize homosexuality, and the first to introduce civil unions, has voted to allow same-sex couples to adopt non-biological children for the first time

LGBT rights advocates in the Australian state of Tasmania have welcomed the passage of a law allowing same-sex couples to adopt.

Since 2003 gays and lesbians in Tasmania could adopt their partner’s children but the new law now allows same-sex couples without biological children of their own to adopt children.

May 20, 2013

Western Australia convenor of Australian Marriage Equality says that political leaders' resistance to gay marriage is bad for business

Former senator Brian Greig said that Australia's resistance to legalizing gay marriage is preventing much-need skilled workers from immigrating there.

'Our nation's increasing isolation on this matter is impacting recruitment and employment mobility,' wrote Greig in an editorial for Sydney Morning Herald.

April 9, 2013

Tasmania’s Lower House has approved a bill giving same-sex couples and unmarried straight couples the right to adopt on the same basis as married heterosexual couples

LGBT rights advocates in the Australian state of Tasmania have welcomed overwhelming support in its Lower House of Parliament for the passage of legislation removing a ban on adoption by same-sex couples, saying it is in the best interests of children.

This afternoon the Tasmanian Lower House voted 18 to 4 to allow same-sex couples to be assessed as potential adoptive parents on the same basis as other couples.

February 7, 2013

The most prominent group campaigning against the granting of marriage rights to same-sex couples in Australia is sending out signals that it is not completely confident that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will not allow a free vote on the issue

The Australian Christian Lobby has called on opponents of same-sex marriage to lobby Australian Opposition Leader Tony Abbott against allowing a conscience vote for his MPs in a sign that they are not completely confident that moderates within the Liberal Party will not prevail.

Abbott, a conservative Catholic who once studied for the priesthood, is one of the staunchest political voices against same-sex marriage in Australia, yet the Australian Christian Lobby today launched a campaign targeting him on the issue.

October 10, 2012

After national and state governments rejected same-sex marriage bills last month, Gay Star News asks Australian Marriage Equality what’s next

Last month same-sex marriage legislation was rejected by the two houses of the Australian federal parliament and in the state of Tasmania.

Gay Star News asks national convenor of lobby group Australian Marriage Equality what’s next for their campaign.

September 19, 2012

First marriage equality bill defeated in Australia’s House of Representatives, advocate says ‘more MPs have chosen the right side of history than ever before’

A vote on legalizing same-sex marriage in Australia has been defeated in the House of Representatives.

Forty-two MPs voted in favour and 98 against Labor MP Stephen Jones’ Private Members Bill.

Jones told marriage equality supporters to ‘maintain your rage’.

Both the prime minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott, plus former prime minister Kevin Rudd, voted against the bill.

August 22, 2012

A third Australian jurisdiction has opened the door for the legalization of same-sex marriage at a state and territory level in an embarrassing slap down for opponents

Australia’s Northern Territory may become the country’s third jurisdiction to legalize same-sex marriage after the ruling Labor Party announced it would allow its members a conscience vote on the issue if such legislation came before the territory’s parliament.

Embarrassingly for opponents, the announcement was made by NT Labor to the main lobby group opposed to same-sex marriage in Australia.

June 25, 2012

Report from cross-party committee in Australian senate recommends passing Marriage Equality Bill

A report published today by a cross-party panel of senators has given the strongest official endorsement yet into legalizing gay marriage in Australia.

The legal and constitutional affairs legislation committee report has four recommendations, the fourth of which clearly endorses a change in the law to allow gay people to marry. It reads:

June 19, 2012

Right-wing Labor MPs want to see an end to gay marriage

A faction of Labor MPs met last night to speak-out about the movement towards gay marriage in Australia.

The House of Representatives yesterday published an overwhelmingly positive report into two bills before parliament that propose legalizing gay marriage.

In response Labor MPs gathered to demand an end to the bills, saying support for same-sex marriage was bad for the party’s re-election chances in 2013.

April 13, 2012

Christian likens gay marriage to incest at senate inquiry despite historic support for reform

A senate inquiry into legalizing gay marriage in Australia has revealed 'unprecedented' support for reform.

Figures released today (13 April) by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee show that almost 60% of Australians are in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry, with 44,000 out of 75,000 submissions in favor.

January 17, 2012

One of Australia’s most famous sons pledges support for gay marriage

Hugh Jackman, and two other Australians associated with the movies - Oscar-winning costume designer Lizzie Gardiner and film critic David Stratton - have signed a pro-gay-marriage declaration from Australian Marriage Equality.