ACT prepares for worst ahead of High Court ruling
With the High Court set to rule on the fate of the ACT’s Same-Sex Marriage Act on Thursday, ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, said the territory’s government is preparing for the worst and will see “what next steps if any, could be taken”.
Gallagher said the territory is still hopeful the law will withstand the Commonwealth challenge and said even if the newly enacted law was struck down by the High Court, same-sex marriage was not going to go away.
“If they rule that the Commonwealth’s covered the field, then really the issue goes squarely to the Federal Parliament," Gallagher told the Sydney Morning Herald. “The issue’s not going to go away and the fact that it’s in the High Court, I think has progressed national debate on the subject,” she said.
Gallagher said the issue of same-sex marriage had been embraced by the ACT, "and now it was on the national agenda.”
Earlier today politicians from three major political parties announced they have set up a federal cross party working group on marriage equality.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Labor Senator Louise Pratt and Liberal Senator Sue Boyce will join forces to work towards this important reform.
“It’s only by working together that we’re going to achieve this essential reform," Hanson-Young said.