Australia’s gay marriage battle continues

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The Australian government’s plans for a vote to legalise same-sex marriage were cast in doubt after the opposition Labor party said it would not support the referendum over concerns it would lead to a rise in hate speech against gay people.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said today that Labor would oppose the enabling legislation needed to hold the vote. Marriage equality would then be delayed until after the next Australian general election, which is up to three years away.