Posted: 8 November, 2016 by @amydrewsnews/ AAP

Dead In The Water - Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite Defeated In The Senate

The debate over same-sex marriage in Australia could drag on for years after the Senate voted down the federal government's proposed plebiscite last night.

The legislation for a national vote was defeated 33 votes to 29, with Labor, Greens, Nick Xenophon's team and independent Derryn Hinch opposing it.

The stalemate means the debate will be taken off the agenda until the next term of parliament in 2019.

Australian Marriage Equality groups have welcomed the decision, now calling on political parties to find a pathway that ensures every Australian is treated equal.

While One Nation's Pauline Hanson questioned why same-sex couples would want to marry, insisting it's not all it's cracked up to be having done it twice.

"Why do you have to take the word 'marriage' which was defined between a man and a woman?" she told parliament.

"If you truly love someone do you really need to have that certificate that says you're married?"

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