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July 11, 2014

Freshly minted Australian micro-party senator David Leyonhjelm says he will put forward a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry after mentioning marriage equality in his inaugural speech

Liberal Democratic Party David Leyonhjelm plans to move quickly to fulfill an election promise to push for same-sex marriage, with reports saying he will move forward with his own bill on the issue.

Leyonhjelm is one of 8 senators from new parties that did not hold seats in the Australian Senate before July this year of who the Australian Government needs 7 to pass legislation if it is opposed by the opposition Labor and Greens parties.

May 15, 2014

The Australian Senate will hold investigative hearings on whether to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas after a Greens party senator put forward a bill on the issue

The Australian Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Committee will hold an inquiry on legally recognizing same-sex marriages performed overseas after Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young introduced a bill that would recognize them if passed.

Australia already recognizes heterosexual marriages which are legally conducted overseas and the Greens bill seeks to also recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas where they are legal.

November 4, 2013

Australia’s Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he believes Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s party room will allow a conscience vote on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry

Malcolm Turnbull - Australia’s Communication Minister and leader of the Liberal Party while in Opposition from 2008 to 2009 - has said he believes his party room will allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage.

However he told Network Ten TV that he does not know whether there are the numbers in the parliament for a bill to pass.

However the MP for what is considered Australia’s gayest electorate said he did not know whether there were enough supporters in the Australian Parliament for a bill to pass.

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.

September 8, 2013

Despite 'deeply religious' Abbott winning election, his Liberal party may need to align with pro-gay parties in Parliament

Tony Abbott's victory as the new Australian Prime Minister appeared to be a death knell for same sex marriage in Australia.

Abbott, who has 'deeply religious' Catholic views, has been a vocal critic of same sex marriage, once even calling it 'The fashion of the moment' - despite having a lesbian sister.

However, there is still a chance that same sex marriage may be discussed, and even voted on, in Parliament.

August 26, 2013

The leaders of two new Australian political parties that may be placed to steal seats from the Liberal and National parties say they will allow their MPs a conscience vote on gay marriage – unlike Opposition leader Tony Abbott

The leaders of the Katter’s Australia Party and Palmer United Party told the National Press Club today that they would allow any MPs or senators they had elected to vote with their conscience on the issue of same-marriage.

Two of Katter’s Australia Party leader Bob Katter’s candidates have gone public over their support for same-sex marriage while others had quit the party after Katter refused to disendorse them.

June 20, 2013

Breaking news: Australian Senate rejects recognizing foreign same-sex marriages by 45 to 28

The Australian Senate has voted to reject a bill that would recognize same-sex marriages performed abroad by 45 to 28.

A statement from Australian Marriage Equality said:

'While the Senate Bill to recognize overseas marriages was defeated just now we welcome Liberal Senator Sue Boyce as a supporter for the solemn vows made by same-sex Australian couples.

'Overall support in the Senate has also increased from 2012 which reflects the undeniable movement we're making towards marriage equality.' 

February 21, 2013

New draft of Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill from Australian Senate recommends religious groups are not allowed to discriminate when providing services, but can when hiring staff

Older and sick LGBT people and gay kids at school are set to get a better deal from religious groups, if the Australian Senate gets its way.

A report from the Senate committee examining the new Human Rights and Anti-discrimination Bill recommends that exemptions that allow religious groups to discriminate against individuals when providing services should be removed.

February 21, 2013

Senate committee recommends new anti-discrimination law be passed listing 'intersex' separately as a protected identity

Following calls from LGBTI rights groups and legal experts, the Australian Senate committee drafting the new Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill has recommended that 'intersex' be included as a category in its own right in the proposed law.

February 8, 2013

A maverick Australian independent MP with his own history of making homophobic comments has nominated a pro-marriage equality candidate for his new party only a week after dumping two others for anti-gay outbursts

Maverick Australian independent MP Bob Katter has nominated a pro-marriage equality candidate in a surprise move just weeks after having to dump two candidates for his new Katter’s Australia Party after they made extreme homophobic statements.

Katter is personally opposed to same-sex marriage and has called LGBT rights a non-issue in Australia compared to the needs of farmers and people in rural areas but still nominated 29 year old theater director Steven Bailey to run for the Australian Senate in the Australian Capital Territory.

December 2, 2012

Australian lawmakers voted on Friday to condemn a bill in Uganda which would see gays jailed for life and a Nigerian law which would see same-sex marriage made an actual crime

The Australian Senate has passed a motion condemning anti-gay laws before the parliaments of Uganda and Nigeria.

The motion was put forward by Greens party Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and passed ‘on the voices’ – meaning that support in the chamber was such that no vote count was needed.

October 16, 2012

Liberal colleagues distance themselves from unapologetic senator after Cory Bernardi reaffirms his views in an interview

Despite losing his frontbench position when he made comments in the Australian Senate last month suggesting gay marriage could lead to bestiality, Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has not apologized or retracted his words.

In an interview with Adelaide’s The Advertiser published today Bernardi stood-by his views saying the reaction his comments was ‘hysteria’.

September 23, 2012

An Australian senator who warned that the legalization of same-sex marriage could lead to moves to recognize sexual relationships between people and animals has suffered more fallout as a result of his comments

Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has suffered more fallout after claiming that same-sex marriage could pave the way for the legal recognition of sexual relationships between people and animals - pulling out of a speaking engagement at a Conservative conference in the UK and being dumped as Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate.

September 20, 2012

Finance Minister Penny Wong says ‘it is disappointing… but we have achieved a great deal’

A vote on a bill that would have legalized marriage between same-sex partners was defeated in the Australian Senate this afternoon.

The ‘ayes’ were larger in majority than the House of Representatives vote on a similar bill yesterday, but still lost 26 to 41 ‘noes’. At yesterday’s vote 98 were against and 42 were for the legislation.

Finance Minister Penny Wong, who fully supports same-sex marriage, said in a statement:

September 17, 2012

Leader Christine Milne says Labor party are trying to get gay marriage off the agenda before the next election, bill in the Senate looks unlikely to pass

The leader of the Australian Greens accused the ruling Labor party of ‘back room manipulation’ over the gay marriage parliamentary debate.

A debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill started in the Australian Senate this morning, where leader of the Australian Greens Christine Milne said the Labor party are trying ‘to get this off the agenda before the general election’.

September 17, 2012

Leader Christine Milne says Labor party are trying to get gay marriage off the agenda before the next election, bill in the Senate looks unlikely to pass

The leader of the Australian Greens accused the ruling Labor party of ‘back room manipulation’ over the gay marriage parliamentary debate.

A debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill started in the Australian Senate this morning, where leader of the Australian Greens Christine Milne said the Labor party are trying ‘to get this off the agenda before the general election’.

August 23, 2012

Another Australian jurisdiction has announced it will legalize same-sex marriage if the  government refuses to act

Another Australian jurisdiction has announced it will legalize same-sex marriage, while at a federal level, Australian Government senators have introduced their own private members bill to legalize same sex marriage.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT), which houses the Australian capital of Canberra, today announced it would legalize same-sex marriage at a territory level, joining the states of South Australia and Tasmania who have also pledged to do so.

August 23, 2012

Australian senators have held a debate on same-sex marriage but the chances of success for a bill remains unclear

A short debate on marriage equality in the Australian Senate has been held but has failed to shed light on the prospects if a vote is held on the issue, with only four senators speaking during the allotted time.

First to speak was the bill’s author, Greens party Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who told the parliament that the bill had been amended to further address the concerns of religious opponents who feared that they would be made to solemnize marriages that weren’t in accordance with their faith.

August 19, 2012

The Australian Parliament is set to begin debating legislation to legalize same-sex marriage this week, with debate to begin as soon as Thursday

Debate on a marriage equality bill in the Australian Senate is expected to begin as soon as Thursday, after the bill’s author, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young announced she would use private member’s time to begin the debate.

August 19, 2012

The Australian Parliament is set to begin debating legislation to legalize same-sex marriage this week, with debate to begin as soon as Thursday

Debate on a marriage equality bill in the Australian Senate is expected to begin as soon as Thursday, after the bill’s author, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young announced she would use private member’s time to begin the debate.

July 12, 2012

Gay marriage advocates urge Australians to contact undecided senators

Australian Marriage Equality (AME) said today that only ten more votes are needed pass same-sex marriage through the Australian senate.

In a statement the advocacy group call on Australians to contact the undecided senators to give the legislation allowing gay marriage the chance of being passed.

According to AME, 20 out of the 76 senators in the house are against same-sex marriage and 27 are undecided or undeclared.

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:

April 18, 2012

Ice Cream Truck of Love to travel Australia, giving out free ice cream and campaigning for gay marriage

Gay marriage campaigners in Australia are hoping to sweeten public opinion with free ice cream and a double scoop of love.

The Ice Cream Truck of Love will be traveling the country to raise awareness of marriage equality with the message that everyone deserves the chance to marry the person they love, no matter what the flavor.

In a campaign video on YouTube, writer and blogger Adrian Fernand said: ‘Some people like vanilla. Others might like strawberry. And some people like chocolate.

March 26, 2012

YouTube video answers questions on Australia's equal marriage inquiry

With just a week to go before the Australian senate closes its public inquiry into gay marriage, campaigners are calling on supporters to make their voices heard.

A YouTube video featuring Alex Greenwich from the Australian Marriage Equality group, Sen Raj from the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and PFLAG's Shelley Argent, answers some of the questions behind the inquiry and encourages viewers to make a submission.