Tasmania's Legislative Councillors voted down a bid to revive the debate on a same-sex marriage bill this afternoon.
Independent MLC Ruth Forrest who wanted to revisit the discussion says she is quite disappointed it was voted down 8 to 6.
"We have high quality advice from constitutional expert Bret Walker that legalisation would be constitutionally valid if it were to pass," Ms Forrest said.
The bid follows the ACT's decision to legalise same-sex marriage last week.
The federal government has challenged the new laws, arguing they are inconsistent with the Commonwealth Marriage Act which states marriage is a union between a man and a woman.
Cristean Tilkeridis, who has been with his partner Aiden for nine years in January, says it is worrying the federal government is attempting to actively discriminate against same-sex couples.
"I have grave concerns for the federal government's decision to challenge the new laws in the ACT. That they would strive to overturn equality is deeply upsetting," Mr Tilkeridis said.
Mr Tilkeridis, a Bendigo resident, says while he is concerned with the federal government's actions, he is moved by the support he has received locally.
"I'll never forgot the time we were watching the New Year's Eve fireworks from Hargreaves Mall. My partner had his arms around me. A lady was staring at us, I wondered if she was looking in disgust. After a while she walked over," Mr Tilkeridis recalls.
"She put her hand on my shoulder, I thought she was going to say something horrible. Instead she wished us a happy new years. I realised she wasn't looking at us with distaste but giving us a look of support. That memory has stuck with me."
Mr Tilkeridis says he would be saddened if his mother was never able to see him get married.
"She was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. She's okay now. But I'd be devastated if she wasn't able to attend my wedding in her lifetime because of archaic legislation."