An attempt to bring a vote on same-sex marriage in Australia’s Parliament has failed again.
From Australia’s ABC News:
Federal Liberal MPs have overwhelmingly decided to keep their current policy on same-sex marriage.
The seven MPs who voted to change the policy were: Warren Entsch and Trevor Evans (Qld), Tim Wilson and Jason Wood (Vic), John Alexander and Trent Zimmerman (NSW) and Senator Dean Smith (WA).
It means the push by a small group of Liberals for an immediate conscience vote on same-sex marriage has failed.
But Mr. Wood said it was “great news” because Australia had come a step closer to having same-sex marriage.
The Coalition will now try again to have a plebiscite — or national vote — on whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage.
Mr. Wood said he strongly believed Australians would vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
And he said the feedback in his electorate was that people he represented would also vote for allowing same-sex marriage.
Opponents of a proposed plebiscite say the national vote will be costly, and in the end, non-binding.
As polls show overwhelming support for marriage equality, supporters say lawmakers could simply vote to change current laws in Parliament, rather than go the route of a public vote.
Watch the report from ABC News in Australia below.