Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her deputy Wayne Swan voted against the legislation, while many of their Cabinet colleagues voted in support of the change.
Mr Jones said even though the vote had been lost, he has claimed victory in securing public support for the change."Clearly we've won the debate in the Australian community - over 62 per cent of Australians believe that we should make laws to allow for marriage equality," he said."Unfortunately we haven't won the debate in the Australian Parliament."In the words of another great Australian, 'maintain your rage', because I'm quite confident that in about 10 years' time, some or all of us are going to be attending a same-sex marriage that will be both conducted and recognised here in Australia."There are three other bills currently before Parliament that would have the same effect as Mr Jones's bill.
They are designed to give clear advice to prosecutors who have been asked either for a charging decision or for early advice to the police, as well as in reviewing those cases which have been charged by the police.
Facebook has added sleuthing to its array of data-mining capabilities, scanning your posts and chats for criminal activity.
The head of the group called Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Shelley Argent, says it is not fair that homosexual people are viewed as "second-rate" citizens."I think this Government - the whole of the Parliament that voted against this - should just be ashamed," Ms Argent told reporters."What I found actually really quite sad this morning was...
Divorce attorneys regularly mine Facebook for dirt, including evidence of infidelity, spending money, and assets.
If the social-networking giant detects suspicious behavior, it flags the content and determines if further steps, such as informing the police, are required.
The new tidbit about the company's monitoring system comes from a Reuters interview with Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan.