Marriage Equality Bill Fails in Tasmania

A marriage equality bill has failed in the Australian state of Tasmania, the Sydney Morning Herald reports:

TasmaniaThe numbers for reform in Tasmania were lost tonight when the eighth voice against the bill was declared in the 15 member state upper house, the Legislative Council.

Australian Marriage Equality spokesman Rodney Croome said lower houser approval and some backing in the council were great achievements, given that Tasmania was last to decriminalise homosexuality.

"If opponents of this bill think they have put the debate to bed they are wrong," Mr Croome said.

Already struggling for numbers in the council, the Same Sex Marriage bill fell after key undeclared MPs raised constitutional doubts.

Hobart independent, Jim Wilkinson, said he believed same sex law would continue to be argued. "But I believe it will come back in the Federal arena. In my mind that's where it should be."

And so we go on…