It's official: The Labor party has blocked the same-sex marriage plebiscite.

In a landmark decision in Australian politics, the Labor party has formally voted to block Malcolm Turnbull’s proposal for a same-sex marriage plebiscite.

MPs and Senators met at Parliament House on Tuesday morning, where they unanimously voted to block the bill put forward by the Coalition for a public vote on marriage equality.

At this stage, the Coalition is still expected to introduce the legislation. Yet, they lack the numbers in the Senate, with Greens and other crossbenchers also pledging to block the plebiscite. The bill, therefore, will not pass Parliament.

The widely contested Australia-wide ballot on same-sex marriage was set to take place in February 2017. As an alternative, Labor are expected to push for a vote in Parliament to allow same-sex couples to marry.

A number of senior ministers, however, have said this will not happen.

In the wake of today’s news , Twitter erupted with support.


More details as they emerge.