AAP 20 June 2013
Efforts to change Australia’s marriage laws to recognise gay couples who tie the knot overseas have been shot down in parliament.
The Australian Greens had moved a private bill to amend the Marriage Act, so that same-sex marriages validly entered into in foreign countries were recognised under Australian law.
But on Thursday the bill was defeated 44 votes to 28 in the Senate.
…DLP senator John Madigan not only voiced his opposition to the bill, but said he’d be calling for a referendum to recognise marriage as just a union between a man and a woman.