Australia blocks public vote on same-sex marriage

Australia has rejected a public vote on same-sex marriage, a victory as it could have further delayed rights for LGBTI couples.

The Upper House Senate voted 33 to 29 against the coalition government’s bid to hold a plebiscite on the issue.

Opposition party Labor has said a vote would only trigger a divisive public debate and delay the issue even further.

The plebiscite was estimated to cost AU$160 million (US$123 million, €111 million).

‘The experts have unequivocally explained to Labor that the plebiscite would cause harm to gay and lesbian people particularly but not exclusively young people,’ opposition leader Bill Shorten said.

‘Marriage equality, let’s make it a reality, let’s just get on with it.’

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