ACT to vote on Same-Sex Marriage Bill today
The ACT is about to make history today when it becomes the first Australian territory to legislate for same sex marriage.
The Labor sponsored Marriage Equality Same-Sex Bill is expected to pass today in the Legislative Assembly with the support of the Greens.
The new laws will allow same-sex couples from around the nation to be married in the ACT.
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher who has been a strong supporter of the Bill told the ABC, "This is an issue that captured the imagination of people right round the country”.
Whilst Gallagher acknowledged Tasmania and NSW were planning similar legislation, she congratulated the ACT on leading the way.
Debate on the bill will commence this morning.
Yesterday it was revealed by ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell that further amendments to the Bill had been made to safeguard it against a High Court Challenge. The amendments will be tabled this morning.
It is expected once the law is approved thousands of same-sex couples will flock to Canberra for nuptials.
Last week, Australian Marriage Equality set up a register for couples interested in marrying in the ACT. To date there are over 700 couples expressing interest in an ACT marriage.
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