Australian Senate Also Votes Down Marriage Equality

The Australian Senate followed in the footsteps of the House of Representatives today and voted down marriage equality legislation with a vote of 41-26. Liberal Sen. Sue Boyce spoke out on behalf of the religious liberty of gay people, but Democratic Labor Party Sen. John Madigan claimed that he was the victim for opposing the freedom to marry, blaming LGBT activists for “an attack designed to pour scorn and guilt on those who have the temerity to refuse to deny their principles.” As in the U.S., same-sex marriage law will now have to play out in the Australian states, despite the fact that a significant majority of Australians support equality.