Tasmanian Same-Sex Marriage Bill Defeated

Though the Tasmanian gay marriage bill was defeated, supporters remain undaunted.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The numbers for reform in Tasmania were lost tonight when the eighth voice against the bill was declared in the 15 member state upper house, the Legislative Council.

Already struggling for numbers in the council, the Same Sex Marriage bill fell after key undeclared MPs raised constitutional doubts.

“If opponents of this bill think they have put the debate to bed they are wrong,” said Australian Marriage Equality spokesman Rodney Croome.

Added Devonport MP Mike Gaffney, “If the possibility of an invalid bill stopped us, very little reform would take place,. If we vote this bill down…the issue will not go away. Most importantly, the Australian community is alive to the issue of marriage equality.”