The Australian Senate has followed the lower house in rejecting a gay marriage bill despite the fact that polls show most Australians support marriage equality.
The Senate has rejected a bill to legalise same-sex marriage, a day after a separate attempt was defeated in the lower house.
The Senate today voted against the private members bill sponsored by Labor backbenchers by 41 votes to 26.
The house yesterday rejected a separate private members bill by 98 votes to 42.
In a highly unusual move, Julia Gillard and several senior ministers, including Treasurer Wayne Swan, Environment Minister Tony Burke, and Trade Minister Craig Emerson as well as former leader Kevin Rudd moved to the Coalition benches, facing almost 40 of their Labor colleagues as the vote was counted
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