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October 15, 2014

Victoria state parliament passed the bill with three amendments, including posthumous expungements

Victoria today became the first Australian state to expunge historic gay sex convictions.

Both houses of Victorian parliament passed the Sentencing Amendment (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill with three amendments proposed by the Labour Party.

The amended bill includes allowances for posthumous expungements, a provision to amend the state’s Equal Opportunity Act to outlaw discrimination on the basis of an expunged gay sex convictio and an additional purpose to recognize that the convictions should never have been considered crimes.

September 29, 2014

Grant Robertson is downplaying suggestions his being gay will affect his chances

Gay politician Grant Robertson has downplayed suggestions his sexuality will affect his chances at the New Zealand Labour Party leadership.

The MP for Wellington Central announced his intention to run for leadership yesterday after Dan Cunliffe said on Saturday that he would resign tomorrow and seek a new mandate.

Robertson told the New Zealand Herald, 'There may well be some people who raise that. That's fine. But that's not where I think I'll be judged.

'I'll be judged, I'm sure, on my ability to reflect Labour values.'

September 23, 2014

Leader of the Labour party announces Lord Michael Cashman will be the party's special envoy on LGBTI rights

Ed Miliband has promised a huge LGBTI role if he is elected prime minister.

The leader of the Labour party in the UK announced at the party conference that he will create a role that will promote equality all over the world.

Michael Cashman, a gay former Member of European Parliament until he stepped down this year to take a place in the House of Lords, would become that ambassador.

September 23, 2014

Leader of the Labour party announces Lord Michael Cashman will be the party's special envoy on LGBTI rights

Ed Miliband has promised a huge LGBTI role if he is elected prime minister.

The leader of the Labour party in the UK announced at the party conference that he will create a role that will promote equality all over the world.

Michael Cashman, a gay former Member of European Parliament until he stepped down this year to take a place in the House of Lords, would become that ambassador.

April 25, 2014

Labour party leader is opposed to repealing Jamaica’s anti-gay laws, saying: ‘My sentiments reflect the sentiments of the country.’

Jamaica’s opposition leader has called for a public vote on the ban on homosexuality.

Andrew Holness, the head of the Labour party, has called for a ‘grand referendum’ in 2015 to deal with a number of social issues.

Apart from the sodomy law, he has called on the people to choose on the liberalization of cannabis or whether Jamaica wants to continue having Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.

April 23, 2014

At least 48 schools were found to have Russia-style homophobic policies with the re-introduction of PM Thatcher’s rule banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality'

Several UK schools have stepped back to the 1980s and introduced Section 28-style bans on ‘promoting homosexuality’, teachers have warned.

At the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference in Brighton yesterday (22 April), delegates warned at least 46 schools still have policies similar to the anti-gay language of the past.

April 15, 2014

Malta parliament also voted to give same-sex couples civil unions and adoption

Malta has become the first country in Europe to protect trans people in the constitution.

On 14 April, as the Maltese parliament voted to give same-sex couples civil unions and adoption.

The entirety of the Labour party, 39 members of parliament, voted in favor of legalizing same-sex unions. The opposition, the 30 members of the Nationalist party, abstained.

February 3, 2014

The leaders of the major parties in the Australian state of Victoria are battling each other to win the gay vote with the Labor Party now pledging to make its Safe Schools LGBTI support program compulsory for all public high schools

The Labor Party in the Australian state of Victoria has promised that every public high school in the state will get Safe School support programs for LGBTI young people if it wins November elections and retakes power.

State Opposition leader Daniel Andrews made the announcement yesterday at Melbourne’s Midsumma LGBTI Pride March, telling marchers, ‘Every Victorian is entitled to feel safe in the school yard – they have a right to be who they are and they have a right to belong.’

December 10, 2013

The Australian Labor Party has renewed its commitment to opposing a referendum that seeks to put a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage – despite voting for a motion that would have set up a Senate inquiry for that yesterday

Australia’s Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has reiterated his party’s opposition to holding a referendum on whether to ban same-sex marriage in the Australian Constitution despite his party’s senators voting for a motion to form a Senate inquiry into doing just that yesterday.

December 9, 2013

The Australian Government and Greens have joined forces to stop an attempt to initiate a referendum on gay marriage in Australia by a senator from the right wing Catholic Democratic Labor Party

Advocates for same-sex marriage in Australia have praised Liberal and National party senators in the Australian Government and senators from the Greens for joining forces to defeat an attempt to begin the process of having a referendum on same-sex marriage in Australia.

Democratic Labour Party senator John Madigan put forward a motion to establish an inquiry into holding a referendum on same-sex marriage earlier today.

November 4, 2013

Israel’s Yesh Atid party has torpedoed an attempt by the opposition Labor party to put forward a civil unions bill so that it can move forward with its own more inclusive civil unions bill

Ministers from Israeli Government coalition party Yesh Atid have torpedoed an attempt by the Labor Party to move a bill forward, which would have provided civil unions for same-sex couples, in favor of legislation they are developing themselves.

Labor Member of the Knessit (MK) Stav Shaffir’s bill was rejected by Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation and would have allowed same-sex couples to wed via civil unions.

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.

October 28, 2013

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has promised Labour Youth members that he will push for a vote on marriage equality before 2015

Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister has promised the country will vote on same-sex marriage.

Eamon Gimore, the Tánaiste, said there will likely be a referendum on the issue after an overwhelming majority of the Constitutional Convention think-tank voted to recommend it.

But a spokesman for the Labour party politician has said he wants to push for legislation to allow gay couples to adopt children before Ireland votes on marriage equality.

‘Any referendum that takes place will have to be about marriage equality and not about other issues,’ he said.

October 23, 2013

Civil Unions Bill could sail through parliament by end of the month. Constitutional amendment to protect gay and trans people will follow

The island nation of Malta is set to be the next place to introduce gay civil unions and a bill is likely to be passed next week.

The legislation is speeding through the Parliament of Malta in Valletta and will give gay and lesbian couples same-sex marriage in all but name.

Meanwhile both parliamentary parties in the Mediterranean nation are backing a constitutional change to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination. And the government has said transgender protection should be folded into the same constitutional amendment.

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.

September 22, 2013

Labour MPs don the pro-gay laces in support of Stonewall's latest campaign

Labour MPs have come out in support of gays in football by wearing rainbow laces during their annual football match against the press.

The match, played every year at the Labour Party conference, brings journalists and MPs together for a light hearted game amidst the serious talks of politics.

This year, Labour MPs showed their support to gay rights charity Stonewall's latest campaign by donning rainbow laces onto their boots before the match.

However, the laces failed to provide the MPs any luck, as Labour lost 4-0.

September 2, 2013

As the run up to the election heats up, the Christian leader of the Labor party tells a pastor exactly why he believes in equality

Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has given a passionate speech on gay marriage, saying opposing it is similar to supporting slavery.

A pastor and Christian radio announcer on ABC’s Q&A program challenged the religious leader of the Labor party on Monday night (2 September).

He was asked, as a Christian, why he did not follow the teaching of the Bible on marriage.

Rudd said: ‘I concluded in my conscience, through an informed conscience, and a Christian conscience, it was the right thing to do.

August 25, 2013

Politicians and public figures weigh in on gay MP Grant Robertson’s announcement that he will run for leader of the Labour Party, making him a strong candidate as the country’s PM

New Zealand has legalized gay marriage, but may still not be ready for a gay prime minister.

So said Georgina Beyer, considered to be the world’s first transsexual mayor and MP, in an interview following the announcement from gay Labour MP Grant Robertson that he’ll be running for his party’s leadership post.

Grant Robertson, currently the Labour Party’s deputy leader, confirmed he is in the running to be the next leader of the Labour Party after the current party leader David Shearer announced his resignation this week.

August 25, 2013

PM Rudd pledges bill within 100 days if voted back to power  

As Australia’s Labor Party launched an election campaign blitzkrieg Sunday, showing its support for marriage equality in the hope of wooing the LGBT community, an advocacy group said support for the issue will be key in deciding the vote of around 1.5 million voters.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has pledged to introduce a marriage-equality bill within 100 days if he is voted to power.

August 19, 2013

Larger than average crowds have turned out for the last same-sex marriage protests before the Australian election in the cities of Melbourne and Brisbane, with thousands attending across both cities

Thousands of LGBTs and their allies marched and rallied in the state capitals of Queensland and Victoria on Saturday in the last protest actions in support of same-sex marriage that will be held in Brisbane and Melbourne before Australian voters go to the polls.

Melbourne Greens MP Adam Bandt told protesters at the Melbourne rally that they should be proud of themselves for bringing the Australian public around to their way of thinking.

July 30, 2013

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has signed “Keep Calm” posters backing allowing same-sex couples to wed at an official campaign launch for a Labor candidate in another sign it is an issue that the Labor Party wants to use to differentiate itself during this year’s election

The man campaigning to be a three time Australian prime minister has signed posters backing marriage equality at an election campaign event – showing that the ruling Labor Party wants to use the issue to differentiate itself from Opposition leader Tony Abbott's Liberal/National Coalition of parties.

Rudd signed the posters at Perth’s Mt Lawley Bowling Club in Western Australia on Friday during a campaign launch for Labor candidate for the seat of Perth Alannah MacTiernan.

July 14, 2013

A new poll reveals 30% of voters are more likely to support the left-wing party because of Rudd's stance on same-sex marriage

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s stance on gay marriage could help the Labor party in the next elections, a poll has shown.

The survey, conducted by Galaxy Research and funded by Australian Marriage Equality, highlighted 30% of voters would be more likely to support the Labor in the federal contest.

The interviewees said their support is due to Rudd’s stance on gay marriage.

The 19% of the 1000 people interviewed said they would be less likely to vote for Labor.

July 14, 2013

Loree Rudd, sister to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, has announced her desire for Putin-style gay propaganda laws in Australia

The sister of Australia’s Prime Minister wants Russia’s anti-gay laws in her home country.

Just returning from a visit to Russia, 62-year-old Loree Rudd has expressed her desire for the Australian governent to implement laws that would 'protect' children from exposure to homosexuality.

July 4, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has appointed a new Mental Health Minister who is anti-same-sex marriage and opposed to lesbians having access to reproductive technologies but LGBT rights groups are cautiously optimistic

Australian Prime Minister has appointed Senator Jacinta Collins to be the country’s new Minister for Mental Health and Aging despite her opposition to same-sex marriage and lesbians getting access to in-vitro fertilization.

Collins was the Social Welfare Officer and Research Officer and then National Industrial Officer with the right wing Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association union before entering politics and last year spoke in parliament to oppose same-sex marriage and parenting.