Australian MPs reject gay marriage24 September 2012
Australia's parliament has voted overwhelmingly to reject gay marriage.
The House of Representatives last week voted down the bill to legalise marriage between same sex couples by 98 to 42, with Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition conservative leader Tony Abbott, a Catholic, both voting against it.
Ms Gillard had allowed Labor MPs a conscience vote on the issue.
Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese, who voted for the reform, said that despite the bill's failure, he believed at some point gay marriage would be legalised.
"We honour the unique love between husbands and wives; the vital place of fathers and mothers in the life of children; and the corresponding ideal for all children to know the love and role modelling of a father and mother," Christian leaders said in a joint statement before the vote.
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