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Australian parliament rejects same-sex marriage

September 20, 2012

Australian lawmakers have rejected a bid for legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

After a heated debate in the lower house of the Australian parliament, the vote was a resounding 98 to 42 against same-sex marriage.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard voted against the proposal, as did opposition leader Tony Abbott. The Labor government had given party members a free “conscience vote” on the issue; the opposition had opposed it.

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