The Tasmanian Premier and gay rights campaigners have vowed not to give up on same-sex marriage despite a historic bill being defeated in the state's Upper House.
After two days of impassioned debate, the bill was voted down on Thursday night eight votes to six after every member of the Legislative Council spoke at length on the issue.
Premier Lara Giddings said it was a disappointing result but the Government would not give up on the reform.
"We will continue this. It's not the end. It's the beginning," Ms Giddings said.
So much for kicking their reputation as being the most backward Australian state. Meanwhile, the struggle continues in South Australia, New South Wales and the ACT.