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April 30, 2015

Bill Shorten has distanced himself from calls by Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek for all of the party’s lawmakers to be compelled to vote for legalizing same-sex marriage whether they agree with the reform or not

Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader Bill Shorten has distanced himself from a campaign by his deputy leader to have the next ALP national conference decide to bind all Labor lawmakers to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

The 2011 conference voted to add same-sex marriage to the party’s platform but in order to appease conservative ALP members, gave federal Labor lawmakers a guaranteed conscience vote on the issue if it comes up for a vote.

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.

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.

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

December 12, 2013

Australia’s High Court has annulled the first legal same-sex marriages on Australian soil, striking down the Australian Capital Territory’s gay marriage law

Australia’s High Court has found the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) same-sex marriage law to be inconsistent with Australia’s national Marriage Act and thus struck it down.

The High Court made its verdict on the legality of the first same-sex marriages in Australia known earlier today.

‘The High Court decided unanimously that the Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013, enacted by the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory, cannot operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act 1961,’ the justices wrote in a summary of their judgement.

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 20, 2013

Australian Marriage Equality has launched a petition campaign targeting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as the candidates battling to lead the Australian Labor Party in opposition say they may not bind their MPs to protect the Australian Capital Territory from federal intervention if it legalizes same-sex marriage

Almost a thousand people an hour are signing a petition calling on Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to refrain from interfering when the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government seeks to legalize same-sex marriage next month.

Over 5,500 have signed the petition on in the first six hours it has been live on the website.

September 18, 2013

Advocates for same-sex marriage have called for the Australian Labor Party to block attempts by the new Australian Government to stop the Australian Capital Territory from legislating for same-sex marriage alongside the Greens party

The Australian Greens party has pledged it will block any attempt by incoming Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to stop the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from passing legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry.

September 13, 2013

The Australian equivalent of the District of Columbia is set to become the first Australian jurisdiction to allow same-sex couples to marry

The government of the territory that houses Australia’s capital of Canberra has announced it will legislate for same-sex marriage to become the first jurisdiction in Australia to do so.

‘We are proud to be the jurisdiction that others look to as a leader in legislative reforms, particularly in the area of human rights and equality for all,’ Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said yesterday.

July 10, 2013

Lambda Legal and American Civil Liberties Union launch multi-state strategy

Several legal actions are being planned to try and bring same-sex marriage to the 37 remaining states in the US where it is not yet legal.

Less than two weeks after the US Supreme Court gave huge boosts to gay marriage with their rulings on California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, the activist groups Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - separately and sometimes together - are busy filing and planning lawsuits.

May 9, 2013

Minnesota's House of Representatives will vote on gay marriage on Thursday, with Democrats hopeful the bill will pass

Minnesota could become the 12th US state to legalize gay marriage when the House of Representatives vote on the matter on Thursday (9 May).

House speaker Paul Thissen said he believed the bill has the 68 supporting votes needed to pass, even if no Republicans vote for it, as they have indicated.

'We are confident we have the votes to take the bill up this week,' said House majority leader Erin Murphy, MSNBC reports.

February 10, 2013

Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan dies after a battle with cancer

Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, a vocal opponent against the Defense of Marriage Act, died earlier today (10 January).

'She made an indelible mark on everyone she met with her integrity, her positive outlook, and her unflinching commitment to righting the wrongs visited upon gay and lesbian military families,' said Allyson Robinson, the executive director of OutServe-SLDN, in a statement. 'The fight for full LGBT equality in this country is forever changed because Charlie Morgan took up the cause.'

November 16, 2012

Gay Star News asks five of the key players in the Australian marriage equality debate if gay marriage will come to Australia before 2014. The one-word summary answer is ‘unlikely’. 

Nearly a year ago Gay Star News wrote that gay marriage may come to Australia in 2012. The year began full of hope - over 60% of Australians said they supported marriage equality in several polls and the advocacy campaign from Australian Marriage Equality was slickly professional and on-the-ball.

May 7, 2012

Former US President releases audio spot focusing on pitfalls of Amendment One which goes before voters on Tuesday

Joining his daughter Chelsea Clinton in speaking out against North Carolina’s Amendment One, former President Bill Clinton has released an audio statement sharing his thoughts about why he is against the controversial measure which goes before voters on Tuesday (8 May).

January 11, 2012

Australian celebrants back same-sex marriage and call for change to law.

Gay couples in Australia may be able to walk down the aisle sooner than they thought after the country's national civil celebrants association endorsed same-sex marriage.

In a statement issued today, the National President of the Australian Federal of Civil Celebrants (AFCC), Lance Tapsell, said they are committed to marriage equality.

They are keenly awaiting changes in legislation which will end discrimination for couples in loving same-sex relationships, he added.