Australia Senate rejects same-sex marriage legislation Keith Herting at 3:27 PM ET
[JURIST] The Australian Senate on Thursday joined the House of Representatives [official websites] in rejecting legislation to recognize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the nation. The Marriage Amendment Bill [text, PDF], introduced by Senator Trish Crossin [official website], was defeated in the Senate by a margin of 26-41. The vote was held just one day after the House of Representatives voted down similar legislation [JURIST report] the day prior. In a speech [transcript] given when introducing the bill, Crossin argued that "Almost equal is not equal. Discrimination based on sexuality is still discrimination. And refusing to legislate for marriage equality in a secular, egalitarian society such as ours is morally wrong." Same-sex marriage advocates in Australia are expected to re-focus their effort towards recognizing the unions on a state-by-state level.
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