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May 16, 2015

Tasmanian woman Lee Bransden has achieved her dying wish to marry her partner Sandra Yates in Rotorua, New Zealand but their marriage will not be recognized when they return home to Australia

A Tasmanian lesbian couple who turned to online crowdfunding to help pay for their wedding before one of them succumbed to a fatal lung condition have successfully married in New Zealand in a Maori themed wedding.

Lee Bransden had been given only weeks to live by her doctors when she and her pensioner partner Sandra Yates put out a call for support on GoFundMe.com with the help of Australian Marriage Equality, hoping to raise $6,500 to pay for their flights to the nearest jurisdiction to their homes where same-sex marriage is legal.

May 7, 2015

She has been given just weeks to live

A crowdfunding campaign has granted a terminally ill lesbian's dying wish to get married.

Lee Bransden is battling lung disease, heart disease and arthritis and has been given just weeks to live.

Bransden lives with her partner, Sandra Yates, in Tasmania, Australia but cannot afford a trip to New Zealand, where gay marriage is legal.

The couple, who both worked as registered nurses, lost their life savings when a builder they employed went bankrupt and they recently sold their camper van to pre-pay for Lee's funeral.

May 6, 2015

Alan Joyce, the openly gay CEO of Qantas, was among those to speak out at a business conference about his company’s support for gay marriage

The openly gay CEO of Qantas – one of Australia’s best known companies – has again reiterated his organization’s stance in support of same-sex marriage.

Alan Joyce [pictured] was talking yesterday at a business leaders function in Sydney organized by the Australian Marriage Equality campaign, reports Samesame.com

May 2, 2015

South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria already have similar schemes to expunge criminal records of men who were convicted for consensual gay sex

Tasmania's anti-discrimination commissioner Robin Banks has in her final report recommended that the state implements a dedicated scheme to erase historical convictions for consensual sexual activity between adult men.

The report recommends establishing a three-person panel made up of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, the registrar of the Working with Vulnerable People Registration Scheme and the dean of law at the University of Tasmania to review applications from men who want their criminal record expunged.

May 1, 2015

'It will give religious school principals free rein to discriminate against gay and transgender students and the children of same-sex couples'

Tasmania's lower house has passed a bill that would religious schools in the Australian state to refuse LGBTI students on grounds of their beliefs.

After a two-day debate, the House of Assembly Thursday (30 April) evening passed an exemption to the Anti-Discrimination Act, despite concerns that the measure would allow prejudice against LGBTI students and those with same-sex parents.

The government denied this but LGBTI rights advocates said it had failed to allay 'legitimate community concerns about this bad legislation.'

May 1, 2015

'It will give religious school principals free rein to discriminate against gay and transgender students and the children of same-sex couples'

Tasmania's lower house has passed a bill that would religious schools in the Australian state to refuse LGBTI students on grounds of their beliefs.

After a two-day debate, the House of Assembly Thursday (30 April) evening passed an exemption to the Anti-Discrimination Act, despite concerns that the measure would allow prejudice against LGBTI students and those with same-sex parents.

The government denied this but LGBTI rights advocates said it had failed to allay 'legitimate community concerns about this bad legislation.'

April 27, 2015

'It is a clear question. Do we support legal discrimination against one group in this country? Or do we not?'

The acting leader of Australia's ruling party has said she will push to make it compulsory that all Labor MPs vote for gay marriage.

Tanya Plibersek will argue for a binding vote on marriage equality at the Labor National Conference in July.

The party changed its policy to support gay marriage at the 2011 conference but allowed its parliamentarians a free vote on the issue.

'Labor has always been a party that is opposed to discrimination,' she told Fairfax Media.

April 27, 2015

'It is a clear question. Do we support legal discrimination against one group in this country? Or do we not?'

The acting leader of Australia's ruling party has said she will push to make it compulsory that all Labor MPs vote for gay marriage.

Tanya Plibersek will argue for a binding vote on marriage equality at the Labor National Conference in July.

The party changed its policy to support gay marriage at the 2011 conference but allowed its parliamentarians a free vote on the issue.

'Labor has always been a party that is opposed to discrimination,' she told Fairfax Media.

March 26, 2015

A planned debate on a bill that would have legalized gay marriage in Australia did not take place after the Liberal Party of Prime Minister Tony Abbott yet again failed to give its MPs a free vote on the issue

The Australian Senate did not debate a bill to legalize same-sex marriage today because the ruling Liberal Party refused to let its members vote with their conscience.

Going into the last election Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that his MPs would be given a free vote on the issue if his party room decided it despite his personal opposition on the issue.

March 23, 2015

Senate will debate same-sex marriage again this week

More than one million emails today (23 March) were sent to federal MPs and senators in Australia's ruling coalition calling for a free vote on gay marriage.

After Senator David Leyonhjelm announced that he would bring forward his Freedom to Marry Bill for debate later this week, advocates for and against gay marriage launched unprecedented email campaigns.

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.

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.

March 12, 2015

'The militant gay lesbian lobby is trying to get this into our schools to "normalize" what they consider the LGBTI agenda'

An Australia politician has said a government-funded anti-bullying campaign crosses the line into advocacy and is 'little more than a gay lifestyle promotion program.'

Peter Abetz, a Western Australia state government backbencher, made the comments in a private briefing to fellow Liberal MPs at parliament, the Western Australian reported.

March 12, 2015

'The militant gay lesbian lobby is trying to get this into our schools to "normalize" what they consider the LGBTI agenda'

An Australia politician has said a government-funded anti-bullying campaign crosses the line into advocacy and is 'little more than a gay lifestyle promotion program.'

Peter Abetz, a Western Australia state government backbencher, made the comments in a private briefing to fellow Liberal MPs at parliament, the Western Australian reported.

March 8, 2015

'If this campaign has any impact at all, its obvious prejudice and fearmongering will actually increase support for marriage equality,' says activist Rodney Croome

The Australian Marriage Forum, an anti-marriage equality group, last night launched a new fearmongering TV commercial as hundreds of LGBTI people and their allies turned out to celebrate the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

March 8, 2015

'If this campaign has any impact at all, its obvious prejudice and fearmongering will actually increase support for marriage equality,' says activist Rodney Croome

The Australian Marriage Forum, an anti-marriage equality group, last night launched a new fearmongering TV commercial as hundreds of LGBTI people and their allies turned out to celebrate the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

February 25, 2015

Civil partnership ceremonies were scrapped in 2012

Queensland is making moves to reinstate state-sanctioned civil union ceremonies for gay couples.

The state attorney-general, Yvette D'Ath, said Wednesday(25 February) the new Labor government would make good on an election pledge and re-introduce civil partnership ceremonies after they were scrapped in 2012.

'It’s something that I’m getting briefings on as we speak,' she told Fairfax Radio.

'We have made it clear we will change it back. We’re putting in place (measures) to do that now.'

February 25, 2015

Civil partnership ceremonies were scrapped in 2012

Queensland is making moves to reinstate state-sanctioned civil union ceremonies for gay couples.

The state attorney-general, Yvette D'Ath, said Wednesday(25 February) the new Labor government would make good on an election pledge and re-introduce civil partnership ceremonies after they were scrapped in 2012.

'It’s something that I’m getting briefings on as we speak,' she told Fairfax Radio.

'We have made it clear we will change it back. We’re putting in place (measures) to do that now.'

February 19, 2015

New South Wales politician voted against same-sex marriage in 2013

The opposition leader in New South Wales has u-turned on gay marriage after voting against reform in the Australian state in 2013.

On becoming Labor leader in January, Luke Foley said he would keep 'an open mind' and 'continue to reflect' on the issue, which cynics saw as a non-commital halfway ground ahead of the March elections.

But today, the practising Catholic spoke in favor of overturning a federal ban on gay marriage.

February 19, 2015

New South Wales politician voted against same-sex marriage in 2013

The opposition leader in New South Wales has u-turned on gay marriage after voting against reform in the Australian state in 2013.

On becoming Labor leader in January, Luke Foley said he would keep 'an open mind' and 'continue to reflect' on the issue, which cynics saw as a non-commital halfway ground ahead of the March elections.

But today, the practising Catholic spoke in favor of overturning a federal ban on gay marriage.

February 13, 2015

Mass voicemail campaign is launched in response to politicians who say they receive few calls on the issue

Marriage equality advocates in Australia have launched a mass voicemail campaign to increase pressure on federal MPs to support gay marriage.

Ben & Jerry’s and Australian Marriage Equality set up the Equality Calling hotline after a number of politicians claimed that gay marriage was not important to their constituents as they received few phone calls on the issue.

The hotline allows gay marriage supporters to record a message that will be automatically delivered to their federal representatives and highlighted on social media.

February 13, 2015

Mass voicemail campaign is launched in response to politicians who say they receive few calls on the issue

Marriage equality advocates in Australia have launched a mass voicemail campaign to increase pressure on federal MPs to support gay marriage.

Ben & Jerry’s and Australian Marriage Equality set up the Equality Calling hotline after a number of politicians claimed that gay marriage was not important to their constituents as they received few phone calls on the issue.

The hotline allows gay marriage supporters to record a message that will be automatically delivered to their federal representatives and highlighted on social media.

January 26, 2015

80-year-old ballet dancer and LGBTI and indigenous rights activist Noel Tovey received the Australian equivalent of a knighthood at yesterday’s Australia Day honors for his contribution to the community and the arts

One of Australia’s most prominent indigenous gay performing artists was honored this weekend by being named a Member of the Order of Australia – the Australian equivalent of receiving a knighthood.

Noel Tovey, 80, was a leading figure in the campaign to have historical convictions for homosexual acts expunged from people’s permanent records in the state of Victoria, having himself been convicted and jailed for consensual gay sex aged 17, and has contributed to the arts in Australia and abroad over 6 decades.

January 22, 2015

Lesbian couple finds 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted in their home

A lesbian couple from Australia were the targets of a hate crime justs days after they were forced out of their home by severe flooding.

Lavinia Pike Tuesday (20 January) found their house in Sandford, Tasmania vandalized with anti-gay graffiti when she returned to feed their pets.

Pike, who suffers from chronic asthma and an acquired brain injury, said she was stunned to find hate speech such as 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted throughout the home she shares with her partner Kelly Kluga and daughter Bella Kenworthy, 13.