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Western Australian Liberal Dean Smith broke ranks with his colleagues, opposing parliament outsourcing a decision on same-sex marriage. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Senate kills plebiscite, leaving same-sex marriage on indefinite hold

The Senate has put to the sword the ill-fated plebiscite, killed by a remarkable combination of supporters and opponents of changing the law to allow gay people to marry. It was defeated on Monday night…
Nothing was achieved in a Monday meeting between the government and Labor on the same-sex marriage plebiscite. Dan Peled/AAP

Same-sex marriage plebiscite manoeuvring has become a charade

We have reached the point of absurdity. Neither the government nor Labor can or wants to compromise on the same-sex marriage plebiscite. Yet they continue the charade. Nothing was achieved by or at Monday’s…
Heterosexual couples who believe in marriage equality, and the civil celebrants who marry them, are using wedding ceremonies to protest marriage law in Australia. shutterstock

How heterosexual couples are protesting marriage inequality

Given the ubiquity of civil marriage and support for marriage equality, how do heterosexual brides and grooms who support marriage equality manage legal requirements at their weddings?
Supporters carry a banner during a rally for marriage equality held in Sydney. Richard Milnes/Newzulu

If no plebiscite, settle same-sex marriage in parliament: poll

More than two-thirds of voters oppose the government's decision to give public funding to the yes and no campaigns in a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, according to an Essential poll.
Bill Shorten will miss two days of parliament this week for meetings in Canada and the US. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten shoots down plebiscite

Bill Shorten has now signalled he will kill the same-sex marriage plebiscite, but he seems determined to make it a slow death. As Shorten departed on Wednesday for Canada and the United States, Labor sources…
The government has introduced a bill into the parliament that provides the details and mechanics of the proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Explainer: the same-sex marriage plebiscite

While Australians finally have some detail of the proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage, there is no guarantee that the question will be put to the people on February 11 next year.
George Brandis called on Bill Shorten ‘to get out of the way’ to allow the plebiscite bill passage through the Senate. Lukas Coch/AAP

Gay Liberal senator denounces marriage plebiscite

The government's proposed marriage plebiscite has been delivered a fresh blow with openly gay Liberal senator Dean Smith declaring he will not vote for it.

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