No referendum on gay marriage for Australians

The Australian government’s proposal to hold a national vote on legalising same-sex marriage has been defeated in the upper house of parliament.

Same-sex couples can have civil unions or registered relationships in most Australian states but they are not considered married under national law.
Opinion polls indicate that most Australians support same-sex marriage.
Opposition parties and many supporters of same-sex marriage argued a referendum would be expensive and could unleash a divisive campaign. Instead they decided that Parliament, not the people, should decide.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-37892879

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