This means that the majority of senators reject the main idea of the bill, which is to allow marriage regardless of sex, sexuality and gender identity
Someone who voted Aye supports the main idea of the bill. Since the majority voted No, the bill will not considered any further.
Debate in Parliament
Both the Labor Government and the Coalition Opposition opposed this bill, arguing that the current marriage law was not discriminatory.
Background to the Bill
The Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009 was introduced at a time when Australian states and territories are establishing relationship registration and civil partnership schemes for same-sex couples. At the time of this division, such schemes have been established in Victoria, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. However, Senator Hanson-Young argues that these schemes are insufficient and “fall short of equal legal recognition”.