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posted Friday, September 21, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 38
Marriage equality bill fails in Australia
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Marriage equality bill fails in Australia

Bill killed by opposition from prime minister, rival party

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Australia's House of Representatives has overwhelmingly rejected a marriage equality bill. The September 19 vote was 98-42.

Although a July opinion poll conducted by the Australian House showed that more than 64% of Australians favor equal marriage rights for Gay and Lesbian couples, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and several key members of her ruling Labor Party are against same-sex marriage.

In 2011, a Labor Party conference voted to adopt marriage equality as part of its platform, but when the bill came before the House, Prime Minister Gillard announced that Labor members could make a 'conscience vote' on it. In other words, they could vote as they pleased without being subject to party discipline, including possible expulsion, if they voted against equality.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott did not give his Liberal Party members that option. When the vote was taken, Gillard led a number of Labor members across the aisle to vote with a united opposition.

Gillard's government holds a majority in the House only because it has the support of seven minor-party members, and controversial legislation is not likely to be passed during her term.

Finance Minister Penny Wong, an out Lesbian, told AP reporters before the vote that the legislation would not pass, but she still argued passionately for approval during the debate.

Wong, whose father is Malaysian Chinese and whose mother is of European descent, compared discrimination against same-sex couples to race discrimination.

'If you subscribe to the principal of equality, as I'm sure most in the chamber would, then substitute 'same sex' for 'race' in this debate and see if it changes your view,' Wong said.

'Just imagine if we told Australians today that they could not marry the person they love because of the color of their skin.'

Other Labor Party leaders said they hoped their party would heed public opinion.

'I think at some future time our Parliament will catch up with community opinion, just as it has on other issues,' Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese told reporters after the vote.

'When marriage equality occurs, people will wonder what the fuss was about.'

BEING GAY 'WORSE THAN SMOKING'?
Both Gillard and opposition leader Abbott have taken pains not to appear anti-Gay.

Gillard canceled a scheduled address to a Christian lobby group this month over what she called 'heartless' comments made by the group's managing director, who asserted that being Gay was a bigger health hazard than smoking.

After the House debate, Abbott fired parliamentary secretary Cory Bernardi after Bernardi suggested that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to bills permitting bestiality and polygamy.

Abbott called Bernardi's comments 'ill-disciplined.'

'They're views that I don't share,' Abbott told reporters. 'They're views that I think many people will find repugnant.'

Currently Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory permit same-sex civil partnerships with most rights of marriage. In New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania, same-sex couples may enter into so-called registered relationships. In South Australia they may make domestic partnership agreements.

In the rest of Australia, same-sex relationships are considered 'de facto' relationships, where partners might share property and financial obligations, but have few other common rights or responsibilities.

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