Senator Louise Pratt has called for gay marriage to be legalised, challenging party leader and PM Kevin Rudd, who had recently pushed the ACT government to scrap its bid for civil union and gay marriage laws on the grounds the arrangement mimicked marriage.
The Australian Capital Territory's hopes of being the first state to legally recognise same-sex civil union ceremonies have been snuffed out after the Rudd Government announced on Sunday that it would override the planned laws despite earlier promises that it would not use it powers to do so.
Gay activists in Australia organise rallies nationwide to protest year-old Marriage Amendment Act which defines marriage as strictly heterosexual. Meanwhile, South Australian MP Mark Brindal has officially withdrawn from the March state election after it was revealed he was secretly bisexual; and more.
Gays and lesbians in Hong Kong will be covered by sexual orientation discrimination legislation sooner rather than later if a survey to be conducted by early next year indicates more than 50 per cent of the public supports such a law. Tim Cribb reports.