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March 19, 2015

Australian lawmakers will debate a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage for the third time in five years next Thursday amid hopes Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will finally allow his MPs to vote with their consciences on the issue

Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm today announced his Freedom to Marry Bill will return for debate in the Australian Senate as soon as next Thursday.

In doing so, Senator Leyonhjelm called on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his MPs and senators a conscience vote on the issue.

Abbott has said in the past that his MPs would get a conscience vote on the issue when his party room decided they should and Leyonhjelm believes there is enough support amongst members of the ruling Liberal-National Coalition for that to occur.

March 19, 2015

Australian lawmakers will debate a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage for the third time in five years next Thursday amid hopes Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will finally allow his MPs to vote with their consciences on the issue

Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm today announced his Freedom to Marry Bill will return for debate in the Australian Senate as soon as next Thursday.

In doing so, Senator Leyonhjelm called on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his MPs and senators a conscience vote on the issue.

Abbott has said in the past that his MPs would get a conscience vote on the issue when his party room decided they should and Leyonhjelm believes there is enough support amongst members of the ruling Liberal-National Coalition for that to occur.

March 18, 2015

Ruling coalition votes against the motion

Australia's national Senate has supported a motion calling on all parties to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage.

The motion, proposed by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, passed the upper house where opposition parties have the majority. The ruling Liberal-National coalition voted against.

'[Prime Minister] Tony Abbott should lift the gag on his MPs and let them vote freely on the issue of marriage equality. There's nothing to be afraid of,' she wrote on Twitter.

December 2, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott backs away from his election promise to allow a conscience vote on marriage equality

An Australian senator yesterday threatened to block legislation if the prime minister breaks his election promise to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage.

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm introduced a private bill to legalize gay marriage in parliament last week.

September 25, 2014

A bill to recognize the hundreds of Australian gay couples who wed abroad was introduced in March

The Australian Senate has recommended parliament does not pass a bill to recognize gay couples who married in places where same-sex unions are legal.

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee released a report on the bill today.

Some submitters expressed concern that the bill was 'a surreptitious attempt to introduce marriage equality.'

The Law Council of Australia was concerned that the bill would create a discriminatory situation where only couples with the financial resources to travel overseas would have access to gay marriage.

August 29, 2014

All but one Australian Government lawmakers have pulled out of attending the anti-gay, anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference scheduled for tomorrow in Melbourne after the event struggled to find a venue over its controversial views

Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has pulled out of opening and closing the controversial World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne after it was announced the event would be hosted by the controversial Catch the Fire Ministries church after at least four other venues turned organizers away.

Controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, who has in the past said that same-sex marriage could lead to group marriage and the legalization of bestiality, has also pulled out of attending the event.

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.

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.