Same-sex marriage plebiscite bill blocked by Australian Senate


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The Federal Government’s bid to hold a plebiscite on whether to legalise same-sex marriage has been defeated in the Senate.

Key points:

  • Public vote on same-sex marriage rejected by Parliament
  • Labor, Greens say plebiscite would have sparked hatred towards LGBTI community
  • Nationals MP says Coalition will not have conscience vote on issue

The proposal was voted down on Monday night in the Upper House 33 votes to 29.

The Attorney-General George Brandis had warned a defeat would result in delaying same-sex marriage in Australia for years to come.

But the Federal Opposition says the plebiscite would have resulted in harmful debate against the gay and lesbian community and want a direct vote in Parliament, instead.

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