The Australian Senate rejected the government’s proposal for a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage, which was opposed by gay rights advocates
The Liberal Government’s proposal Malcolm Turnbull was rejected on Monday night, with 33 senators voting against and 29 supporting it.
Labor, Greens and gay rights advocates argue that same-sex marriage should be legalized, but that the issue should not be put to a referendum.
Before the Senate vote, conservative-liberal coalition MEP Andrew Broad said the government will not reopen the debate on this issue in the current term, which ends in 2019 if the referendum were rejected.
Australia has been criticized by international organizations and human rights advocates for delaying the legalization of homosexual marriage.
Opinion polls say most Australians support same-sex marriage.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has already expressed support for same-sex marriage, supports holding a referendum rather than a parliamentary vote.