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Police still checking terror link to Melbourne car ramming

Dec 22, 2017

Australian police are investigating whether there was any terrorism-related motivation behind the car ramming attack on pedestrians that left 12 people injured, four of them in critical condition

2 couples tie the knot in Australia's 1st same-sex weddings

Dec 17, 2017

Australia has recorded its first same-sex weddings under its new legislation allowing such marriages to occur, after special dispensation was granted to a number of couples to bring their ceremonies forward

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy

Dec 15, 2017

An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional

Geoffrey Rush sues Sydney newspaper over theater story

Dec 8, 2017

Geoffrey Rush is suing a Sydney newspaper for allegedly portraying him as a sexual predator in its reporting of an actress's complaint against the Oscar-winning actor

Gay marriage becomes law in Australia; weddings start in Jan

Dec 8, 2017

Gay marriage in Australia has become a law as the prime minister gained a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament, and the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month.

Australian prime minister rushes gay marriage into law

Dec 8, 2017

Australia's prime minister rushed gay marriage into law by gaining a final signature on the bill overwhelming endorsed by Parliament and as the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month.

The Latest: Final signature makes gay marriage legal on Sat.

Dec 8, 2017

The final signature has been obtained to make same-sex marriage legal in Australia starting Saturday

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriage across nation, 1st weddings expected in February

Dec 7, 2017

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriage across nation, 1st weddings expected in February

Australian lawmaker says uncertainty won't stop gay marriage

Dec 6, 2017

A leading opponent of marriage equality says Australia's Parliament will legalize gay marriage this week despite some lawmakers' concerns about whether Australian cake makers should have to cater for same-sex weddings

Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate

Dec 4, 2017

An Australian lawmaker giving a speech on same-sex marriage proposed to his gay partner during Parliament's debate on a bill that is expected to soon legalize marriage equality across the country

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