A bill that would have recognized same sex marriages performed in other countries was soundly rejected by the Australian Senate. Gay Star News reports:
The Australian Senate has voted to reject a bill that would recognize same-sex marriages performed abroad by 45 to 28. A statement from Australian Marriage Equality said: ‘While the Senate Bill to recognize overseas marriages was defeated just now we welcome Liberal Senator Sue Boyce as a supporter for the solemn vows made by same-sex Australian couples.
But there was one profile in political courage, too. Gay Star News reports:
Liberal Senator Sue Boyce defied her party’s line on same-sex marriage and crossed the floor of the Australian parliament’s upper house to vote for a bill giving legal recognition to same-sex marriages performed overseas. ‘It’s an important step towards marriage equality,’ Hanson-Young said to Fairfax Media before the vote.
Kudos to Senator Boyce for standing up for LGBT rights.