Cross-party grouping of the Greens, Labor, the Nick Xenophon Team, Derryn Hinch and Coalition moderates vote down attempts to amend bill

The cross-party marriage equality bill is expected to pass the Senate on Wednesday after proposed amendments to it easily failed on Tuesday evening.

If the bill passes the third reading stage it will be the first marriage equality bill to pass either house of Australia’s federal parliament, succeeding where more than 20 earlier bills have failed.

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