MOSCOW, February 7 — RIA Novosti. The Australian Senate (the upper house of Parliament) rejected a bill to hold a referendum on the legalization of gay marriage, said on Monday, Reuters reported.
According to the Agency, a proposal to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in February next year declined 33 members of the Senate, the popular vote voted 29 people.
In August the coalition government of Australia led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull voted to submit to referendum the debate of the legalization of same-sex marriage. The bill required the support of several opposition parliamentarians, since the liberal-national coalition (LNC), the head of which is Turnbull retains the majority of votes in the lower house of Parliament, but no majority in the upper house.
The Australian attorney-General George Brandis said that as a result of this decision of the Senate the legalization of gay marriage in the country was postponed for another few years.
In most Australian States legalized various forms of same-sex unions, but a single Federal law about this no.