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May 29, 2015

'Reform is inevitable in a developed Western democracy like Australia'

The lesbian sister of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said she is confident that gay marriage will come to the country by the end of the year.

Christine Forster, who proposed to her partner in 2013, said after the Irish referendum, reform was 'inevitable in a developed Western democracy like Australia.'

May 28, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that if same-sex marriage were to be legalized by the Australian Parliament it should be done in a way so that no one party owned the reform – so that’s exactly what a group of MPs are now working towards

Australian Government MP Warren Entsch and Opposition MP Graham Perrett have announced that they will co-sponsor a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia and will seek the endorsement of lawmakers from other parties in the Parliament so that it is as non-partisan as possible.

Entsch and Perrett announced their plans after Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the Parliament during Question Time that were same-sex marriage legalized it should be done in a non-partisan way – so Entsch and Perrett intend to present the Prime Minister with exactly that scenario.

May 28, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that if same-sex marriage were to be legalized by the Australian Parliament it should be done in a way so that no one party owned the reform – so that’s exactly what a group of MPs are now working towards

Australian Government MP Warren Entsch and Opposition MP Graham Perrett have announced that they will co-sponsor a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia and will seek the endorsement of lawmakers from other parties in the Parliament so that it is as non-partisan as possible.

Entsch and Perrett announced their plans after Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the Parliament during Question Time that were same-sex marriage legalized it should be done in a non-partisan way – so Entsch and Perrett intend to present the Prime Minister with exactly that scenario.

May 27, 2015

With Labor MP Anna Burke declaring her support for same-sex marriage and another in the Senate declaring his support the Australian Parliament is now as close to majority support for the reform than it has ever been

The campaign for marriage equality in Australia believes it is just one MP short of securing the passage of a same-sex marriage bill in the House of Representatives and that it already has the support of the majority in the Senate.

A day after Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten announced he would be moving a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, Labor MP Anna Burke announced she too was now a supporter of the reform.

May 27, 2015

With Labor MP Anna Burke declaring her support for same-sex marriage and another in the Senate declaring his support the Australian Parliament is now as close to majority support for the reform than it has ever been

The campaign for marriage equality in Australia believes it is just one MP short of securing the passage of a same-sex marriage bill in the House of Representatives and that it already has the support of the majority in the Senate.

A day after Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten announced he would be moving a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, Labor MP Anna Burke announced she too was now a supporter of the reform.

May 26, 2015

Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has given formal notice he will move a bill to legalize same-sex marriage at the next sitting of the House of Representatives on Monday

Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten has become the first leader of a major political party to put forward legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Australia just days after more members of the conservative wing of his party announced they now would vote in favor of marriage equality.

May 24, 2015

'Referendums are held in this country where there's a proposal to change the constitution'

The Australian Prime Minister has dismissed the idea of his country holding a referendum on same-sex marriage after Ireland’s historic vote on 23 May.

Tony Abbott acknowledged it was important to millions of Australians and said he was taking the matter seriously, but marriage equality would be dealt with by the Federal Parliament.

‘Referendums are held in this country where there's a proposal to change the constitution,‘ he told reporters in Brisbane this morning.

May 24, 2015

'Referendums are held in this country where there's a proposal to change the constitution'

The Australian Prime Minister has dismissed the idea of his country holding a referendum on same-sex marriage after Ireland’s historic vote on 23 May.

Tony Abbott acknowledged it was important to millions of Australians and said he was taking the matter seriously, but marriage equality would be dealt with by the Federal Parliament.

‘Referendums are held in this country where there's a proposal to change the constitution,‘ he told reporters in Brisbane this morning.

May 5, 2015

Diplomat's boyfriend is told to wait in car instead of greeting PM

Australia's openly gay ambassador to France offered his resignation after Prime Minister Tony Abbott snubbed his partner in Paris.

Stephen Brady and his partner of 32 years, Peter Stephens, were waiting to receive the PM on the airport tarmac at around 7pm on Anzac Day (25 April).

But prime minister's traveling party sent instruction that Stephens should not take part in the greeting but wait in the car. No explanation was given and the diplomat refused to comply.

May 5, 2015

Diplomat's boyfriend is told to wait in car instead of greeting PM

Australia's openly gay ambassador to France offered his resignation after Prime Minister Tony Abbott snubbed his partner in Paris.

Stephen Brady and his partner of 32 years, Peter Stephens, were waiting to receive the PM on the airport tarmac at around 7pm on Anzac Day (25 April).

But prime minister's traveling party sent instruction that Stephens should not take part in the greeting but wait in the car. No explanation was given and the diplomat refused to comply.

April 20, 2015

Australian Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has told a community forum on same-sex marriage that he expects that Government MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on the issue and that a vote will come before the year’s end

Australian lawmakers will get another chance to get it right on marriage equality before the end of the year according to one of the most senior members of the Australian Government.

Australian Communications Minister and Liberal Member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull reportedly told a community forum on marriage equality on Thursday that he fully expects another vote on same-sex marriage in the Australian Parliament before the end of the year and that he and his colleagues will be given a conscience vote on the issue.

April 20, 2015

Australian Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has told a community forum on same-sex marriage that he expects that Government MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on the issue and that a vote will come before the year’s end

Australian lawmakers will get another chance to get it right on marriage equality before the end of the year according to one of the most senior members of the Australian Government.

Australian Communications Minister and Liberal Member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull reportedly told a community forum on marriage equality on Thursday that he fully expects another vote on same-sex marriage in the Australian Parliament before the end of the year and that he and his colleagues will be given a conscience vote on the issue.

April 14, 2015

Actor says he would like 'long conversation' with Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Star Trek legend George Takei has slammed Australia's gay marriage laws as 'backwards.'

The longstanding LGBTI activist was in Sydney Monday (13 April) night with his husband Brad to attend the Game of Thrones premiere.

'It’s rather backward, I mean you don’t have marriage equality,' he told the Daily Telegraph.

April 9, 2015

Says Australian PM Tony Abbott deserves more credit for accepting her

Catherine McGregor, the world’s highest ranked transgender military officer, has said words cannots describe how 'excrutiatingly painful' the effects of gender dysphoria are.

The Australian Defence Force lieutenant-colonel said those effects nearly drove her to suicide at an inspiring speech on Wednesday (8 April) in Canberra.

'I functioned as a male until a few weeks after my 56th birthday. I choose the term “functioned” advisedly, because my relationship to my birth gender was fraught from a very young age,' she said.

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 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 25, 2015

Greig Friday worked with young gay kids to help them overcome homophobia

Tributes have been paid to a gay man who lost his life in the Germanwings plane crash.

Australian Greig Friday, 29, who was living in Germany was spending a few weeks with his 68-year-old mother Carol who visited him for a vacation.

Both were on the Airbus A320 that crashed on Tuesday after an eight-minute rapid descent. 150 people were killed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.