How Gavin Marshall voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should hold a plebiscite (or national vote) on the question of whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry

Division Gavin Marshall Supporters vote Division outcome

7th Nov 2016, 9:33 PM – Senate Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea

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The majority voted against the main idea of the bill's main idea. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against giving the bill a second reading.

This means that the bill is now rejected and won't continue to be considered.

What is the bill's main idea?

The purpose of this bill is to make it possible for the government to hold a national plebiscite to ask Australians "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"

What is a national plebiscite?

The bills digest explains that:

a national plebiscite is a vote by citizens on any subject of national significance but which does not affect the Constitution. Plebiscites are normally advisory and do not compel a government to act on the outcome. There have only been three national plebiscites—two on conscription during World War I (both defeated) and one on the choice of a National Song in 1977.

Why don't some supporters of marriage equality support this bill?

Several parties and independents oppose this bill for two main reasons: cost and concern that a plebiscite could harm members of the LGBTI community.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

How "never voted" is worked out

Normally a person's votes count towards a score which is used to work out a simple phrase to summarise their position on a policy. However in this case Gavin Marshall was absent during all divisions for this policy. So, it's impossible to say anything concrete other than that they have "never voted" on this policy.