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    Australian Senate Scuttles Same-Sex Marriage Referendum

    “People’s human rights should not be subject to a popular vote.” That was the message from one Green Party senator who was part of a multipartisan coalition that kept a referendum on same-sex marriage from going directly to the Australian public. Though most Australians support same-sex marriage, politicians were worried about a damaging, divisive campaign, hoping instead to introduce legislation to put the matter to a parliamentary vote. But others worry that this could delay equal marriage in Australia for months or years.

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