Australian lawmakers report widespread opposition to same-sex unions
August 25, 2011
A proposal to recognize same-sex marriage in Australia will fail if legislators are allowed a "conscience vote" rather than subject to party discipline, The Age reports.
A solid majority of lawmakers reported that their constituents opposed a proposal to recognize homosexual unions. The Green Party has been backing the proposal, and pressing the ruling Labor Party to allow a vote on the measure. To date the Labor leadership has resisted, saying that the Marriage Act should not be changed.
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