Labor votes for conscience vote
DELEGATES at Labor's national conference in Sydney have voted give MPs a conscience vote on the issue of gay marriage.
The amendment, moved by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, was carried by 208 votes to 184.
"You all know what my views on this debate are and I know many in this hall do not agree with my views on this debate," she told delegates.
"But what is the most important thing is that as we have this debate in this hall we have this debate in a climate and atmosphere of respect."
At the same time, the conference also voted to change its policy platform on the legal definition of marriage to extend it to same-sex couples.
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