Australian Senate Shuts Down National Same-Sex Marriage Vote

The Australian senate shoots down a bill that asked for a national vote on same-sex marriage.

The proposal to update the country's marriage act was defeated on Monday, Nov.

7, by 33 votes to 29.

Back in September, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked lawmakers to support a public vote even though he preferred to have parliament decide on the issue.

Australia's government agreed to take the issue to a national plebiscite, which would have taken place in February 2017.

But despite supporting same-sex marriage, members of the Greens and Labor parties blocked the public vote, saying it could turn into a platform for hate speech.

The vote's cancellation means same-sex marriage could take years to pass.

According to a Gallup poll in August, 61 percent of Australians support same-sex marriage.

Before parliament voted, Attorney General George Brandis pleaded with the senate, "Stop playing politics with gay people's lives.

" For NewsBeat Social, I'm Christelle Koumoué.

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