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Australia's same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Australia's plan to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage appeared doomed on Tuesday after the opposition Labor Party vowed to block the poll it said would spark divisive debate. Debate on gay marriage in Australia has gone on for more than a decade and conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull planned to resolve the issue via a plebiscite on February 11. But Labor leader Bill Shorten said not only was the proposed plebiscite of 15 million voters expensive and divisive, but could be harmful to those in same-sex relationships and their families by exposing them to questions over the "integrity" of their unions.
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