The Senate has voted down a bill to recognise under Australian law the status of same-sex marriages entered overseas.

SBS World News 20th June 2013

Lego SS coupleEfforts to change Australia’s marriage laws to recognise gay couples who tie the knot overseas have been shot down in parliament.

The Australian Greens had moved a private bill to amend the Marriage Act, so that same-sex marriages validly entered into in foreign countries were recognised under Australian law.

But on Thursday the bill was defeated 44 votes to 28 in the Senate.

As expected, Liberal senator Sue Boyce crossed the floor to vote in favour of the bill.

A number Labor MPs voted against the changes, including ministers Stephen Conroy, Joe Ludwig and David Feeney.

Earlier, Finance Minister Penny Wong and Labor senator Louise Pratt spoke passionately in support of the bill, while Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young questioned why Australia did not recognise the laws of our allies, such as New Zealand.

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