Today in Seriously, Fuck This Shit News, the Australian High Court has struck down the ACT’s historic Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act in a unanimous ruling finding in favour of the Commonwealth’s argument that marriage is a matter for the Federal Parliament and the existing Federal Marriage Act’s definition of marriage as constituting the “a consensual union formed between natural persons“.
sex couples. The Marriage Act provides that a marriage can be solemnised in Australia only
between a man and a woman and that a union solemnised in a foreign country between a same sex
couple must not be recognised as a marriage in Australia. That Act is a comprehensive and
exhaustive statement of the law of marriage.” You can read the full ruling here.
“This is devastating for those couples who married this week and for their families. However, this is just a temporary defeat. What is far more important is that the ACT’s law facilitated the first same-sex marriage on Australian soil and showed the nation the love and commitment of same-sex couples. The marriages in the ACT prove that this reform is not about politics, but about love, commitment, and fairness”
— Christine Forster (@resourcefultype) December 12, 2013