Australian Senate Defeats Gay Marriage 41-26


The Australian:

THE Senate has followed the lower house in rejecting same-sex marriage laws, as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott talked down the prospect of federal laws for gay civil unions.

With the House of Representatives rejecting Labor MP Stephen Jones' bill 98-42 on Wednesday, the Senate rejected a similar bill from Labor senator Trish Crossin 26-41 on Thursday afternoon.

Mr Abbott said the defeat in the Senate settles the matter at least for the life of the current federal parliament.

The next federal election will not be held until 2013.