Australia defeats same-sex marriage in the Senate

Australia defeats same-sex marriage in the Senate

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A Bill proposing a public vote to decide on same-sex marriage has been blocked in Australia.

The Bill was rejected on Monday in the Senate by 33 votes to 29.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had intended to hold a public vote on the issue in February 2017.

‘Move on’

Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, responded to the decision by calling on politicians to now consider other issues.

“Australians have had enough of the same-sex marriage debate. After six years of relentless activism in the Parliament, it should be time to move on.”

Shelton added that politicians “may have unwittingly done the nation a favour by allowing more time for people to understand the consequences” of redefining marriage.

‘Excessive preoccupation’

Australian political analyst Nick Economou also said that the Government can now shift its focus.

This article continues at [Christian Institute] Same-sex marriage Bill struck down in Australia

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