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December 4, 2014

The former leader of the Liberal party, who was involved in one of the biggest political scandals of the 1970s, has died following a battle against Parkinson's Disease

Following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, former UK politician Jeremy Thorpe died today at the age of 85.

Thorpe became leader of the Liberal party in 1967. He was forced to resign as party leader in 1976 when details began to emerge of his relationship with a former male model and actor, Norman Scott.

Scott announced that the two men had been lovers for two years in the early 1960s, beginning their relationship in 1961 when homosexual activity was still illegal in the UK.

December 4, 2014

The former leader of the Liberal party, who was involved in one of the biggest political scandals of the 1970s, has died following a battle against Parkinson's Disease

Following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, former UK politician Jeremy Thorpe died today at the age of 85.

Thorpe became leader of the Liberal party in 1967. He was forced to resign as party leader in 1976 when details began to emerge of his relationship with a former male model and actor, Norman Scott.

Scott announced that the two men had been lovers for two years in the early 1960s, beginning their relationship in 1961 when homosexual activity was still illegal in the UK.

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.

November 26, 2014

'I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path'

Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm today (26 November) introduced his long-awaited gay marriage bill in parliament.

The straight Liberal Democrat told the upper house that he supported gay marriage 'because I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path.'

'To most people, marriage equality means the right to get married irrespective of gender or sexual preference,' he said.

'But it is much more than that; it is the right to live your life as you choose and not have the government impose a particular view on you.'

November 20, 2014

Liberal MP Don Harwin says the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics

A senior Australian politician publicly came out as gay today (20 November) in an emotional speech to New South Wales state parliament.

Liberal MP Don Harwin, 50, said the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics during the last parliamentary session of the year.

'Life is so different for [young LGBTI people today] than it was for me,' the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

October 13, 2014

The Tasmanian state conference of Australia’s Liberal Party has voted yet again to keep opposition to same-sex marriage in its official platform despite voices in the party calling for a more inclusive approach

The membership of the Tasmanian Liberal Party State Council voted on Saturday to keep opposition to allowing same-sex couples to marry as part of its official platform, in a move that has been labelled retrograde by supporters of equality for LGBTI people.

The motion voted on at the state party’s annual conference was in support of keeping the current definition of marriage in the federal Marriage Act and was passed ‘on the voices’ without a count of hands.

September 21, 2014

'If we were to go down that path [of a free vote], we [the MPs] are the ones that become vilified,' says Liberal Party MP Craig Laundy who now no longer supports a conscience vote on the issue

Liberal Party MP Craig Laundy, who was one of few MPs who publicly supported a free vote on same-sex marriage last year – even though he did not support same-sex marriage himself for religious reasons, has said he no longer supports MPs having a free vote.

July 15, 2014

An overwhelming number of Australians now want same-sex couples to be allowed to be legally married, the ruling Liberal Party’s own pollster of choice says

More Australians support same-sex marriage than ever before, according to a new poll.

A phone poll of 1,000 Australians chosen at random found that 72% of Australians now support same-sex marriage, while only 21% are still opposed and only 14% say they are ‘strongly opposed.’

Only 7% said they were undecided on the issue.

The poll was particularly significant as it was conducted by the Crosby|Textor polling company which is the same one relied by Australia’s ruling Liberal Party when polling the electorate.

June 14, 2014

Kathleen Wynne brought her partner on stage to make her victory speech as she made history twice over by being female and openly gay

Liberal politician Kathleen Wynne has been elected Premier of Ontario, making history twice as she becomes the province’s first female premier and the first openly gay premier in Canada.  

The results were announced on 12 June and saw Wynne, who represents the liberal party, be officially elected as Ontario’s premier.

61-year-old Wynne, who is openly lesbian, brought her partner on stage with her to make her victory speech.

To cheers, applause and a soundtrack of Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’, Wynne made her victory speech in a red suit dress.

June 10, 2014

Tony Abbott gets burned by an 11-year-old who cannot understand his reasons for refusing to give gay people equal rights

An 11-year-old boy has written a kickass letter to the Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott to demand support for same-sex marriage.

Orlando Burcham, from Newcastle, New South Wales, has described the socially conservative Liberal party leader as ‘pathetic’.

Read his amazing letter in full here:

‘My name is Orlando Burcham, I am 11 years old and I would like to know why you don’t allow ‘gay marriage’ in Australia

April 9, 2014

A bill that would have made it compulsory for all schools in the Canadian province of Alberta to have gay-straight alliance groups has failed to pass in the legislature in a vote of 19 to 31
 

A bill put forward by a lawmaker from Canada’s Liberal party that would have mandated all schools in Alberta province to have on campus gay-straight alliance (GSA) programs to support LGBTI young people was voted down on Tuesday.

Like similar laws already in place in Manitoba and Ontario provinces, the bill would have covered faith based non-government schools, which is largely why its opponents voted against it.

March 18, 2014

The Australian Senate has passed a motion calling on the Australian Government to do more on the world stage to help end the criminalization of LGBTI people

Australian senators voted yesterday on a motion acknowledging the persecution of LGBTI people in many parts of the world and called on the Australian Government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott to do more to combat the problem.

The motion was moved by opposition Australian Labor Party Senator Claire Moore on behalf of Labor Senator Louise Pratt and ruling Liberal Party Senator Sue Boyce at around 4.30pm in a bipartisan effort.

February 20, 2014

The Liberal president of the Western Australia state Legislative Council has ruled that a Greens Party bill that would allow same-sex marriages at a state level can be considered by the chamber

A bill to allow same-sex marriages at a state level cleared its first hurdle in the Western Australia state Parliament on Tuesday with the Liberal Party’s President of the Legislative Chamber ruling not to withdraw the Same-Sex Marriage Bill introduced by Greens Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) Lynn MacLaren late last year.

December 17, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to discipline Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull for his advocating for same-sex marriage despite calls from the right of his party to have him dumped from cabinet

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will not demote his Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, for his vocal advocacy for the legalization of same-sex marriage despite calls for him to be sacked from the front bench by the right of his party.

December 6, 2013

The Green Liberal Party of Switzerland put forward a parliamentary initiative on Tuesday which would allow same-sex couples to marry in the face of efforts by the country’s Christian Democrats to ban same-sex marriage while treating gay and straight couples the same for tax purposes

Switzerland’s Green Liberal Party wants to make sure people are taxed the same regardless of whether they are in same or opposite-sex committed relationships and also want to allow gay couples to marry, putting forward two parliamentary initiatives to that end Tuesday.

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 24, 2013

Liberal leader has promised to continue to fight Canberra and the ACT allowing same-sex couples to marry starting from December

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will attend his gay sister’s wedding but will not support the marriage.

Christina Forster’s is engaged to partner Virginia Edwards, but the Liberal party leader will not change his position to fight against the country’s first same-sex marriage laws in the Australian Capital Territory.

According to 3AW, Abbott said: ‘If there’s a ceremony of some kind, yes, I will be there with a present. I’ll do the right thing.’

He revealed he saw no way he could ever change his mind and support same-sex couples.

October 2, 2013

Australian Workers Union boss Paul Howes will call tonight for the Australian Labor Party to vote as a block for gay marriage, making him the most prominent person in the party to do so

Australian Workers Union boss Paul Howes will tonight become the most prominent person within the Australian Labor Party (ALP) to call for his party to vote as a block in favor of same-sex couples being allowed to marry.

Howes released a speech he intends to give tonight at an Australian Marriage Equality (AME) event ‘The Future of Marriage Equality Forum’ at Sydney’s Beauchamp Hotel at 5.30pm today at which Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s sister and Liberal Party City of Sydney councilor Christine Forster will also speak.

September 7, 2013

Abbott holds conservative views on women and gay rights, despite having a lesbian sister

Tony Abbott has won the election to become Australia's next Prime Minister.

The deeply religious leader of Australia's Liberal Party defeated the current Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, after opinion polls and an early exit poll all predicted a Liberal victory in the election.

Speaking about the polls, Australian Broadcasting Corporation election analyst Antony Green stated: 'The coalition is on a pretty secure 74 seats already. On that basis they're going to get a majority. I think we can say the government has been defeated.'

June 26, 2013

Rudd said he was previously a ‘dinosaur’ on the issue but now backs gay marriage. He is now PM having defeated Julia Gillard in a Labor caucus vote

Kevin Rudd has defeated Julia Gillard in a snap election of the Labor caucus to become new party leader and Australia’s prime minister.

It comes just weeks after he announced his personal support for gay marriage equality in the country – saying he had previously been a ‘dinosaur’ on the issue.

And he is now facing calls from LGBT campaigners in the country to take action to deliver same-sex marriage equality in the country.

June 21, 2013

Liberal MPs will vote as a block against the legislation, shadow attorney general says they don't think state parliament has the power to change marriage law

A Bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state of South Australia is unlikely to pass into law.

Labor MP Susan Close introduced the Bill yesterday but the state's shadow attorney general Stephen Wade said that the Liberal Party's 18 MPs would be voting as a block against the Bill, calling it a 'cruel hoax' to same-sex couples.

June 20, 2013

Yesterday South Australia's upper house showed approval of New Zealand's same-sex marriage law, today the lower house vote on legislation

The state of South Australia's upper house passed a motion yesterday to congratulate New Zealand on legalizing same-sex marriage.

Two members of the Liberal party joined Labor MLCs (Members of the Legislative Council) and others to support the motion which was passed 11 to 10.

Liberal MLC Michelle Lensink's voice broke as she said: 'Relationships and stability should be encouraged. I have too many gay and lesbian friends not to support [the motion] on their behalf'.

Sponsor of the Bill, Labor MLC Gerry Kandelaars, who has a gay daughter said:

June 18, 2013

Outcry across the political divide over Liberal senator Cory Bernardi's reiteration of his belief that gay marriage will lead to polygamy and bestiality

The lesbian sister of Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott has condemned comments by Liberal senator Cory Bernardi about gay marriage.

This morning Bernardi reconfirmed his view that legalizing gay marriage will lead to calls for the right to mutli-person marriages and marriages between humans and animals.

June 15, 2013

The Liberal Party of Montenegro has pledged its support for the full recognition of same-sex couples in the former Yugoslav republic and will hold an LGBT education seminar for its youth wing

Montenegro’s Liberal Party has pledged to support full recognition of same-sex couples after meeting with LGBT rights group Queer Montenegro.

Queer Montenegro believes the Liberal Party to the only political party in Montenegro to explicitly support the full protection of LGBT human rights.

Queer Montenegro activists and representatives of the Liberal Party of Montenegro met to discuss the issues facing the LGBT community in Montenegro and upcoming campaigns by the group to promote and protect the human rights of LGBT people.