Couples to marry in ACT before High Court challenge
With the High Court postponing any hearing regarding the ACT Same-Sex Marriage Bill until December, marriage equality advocates expect couples will now get to marry in the ACT before the hearing.
Australian Marriage Equality deputy director, Ivan Hinton, said, "The High Court decision to hear the case in December gives Australian same-sex couples the chance to finally marry in Australia for the very first time."
Hinton said with a window of opportunity between when the law comes into force and the High Court challenge, same-sex couples are expected to flock to Canberra to be wed.
The Federal Government had attempted to have the case heard before the first marriages could be performed.
"People are excited. Familes are already planning their trip to Canberra,” said Hinton.
"We continue to work actively with the ACT Government to ensure that we have the best chance of this law surviving the High Court challenge."
Hinton said couples should not be discouraged from marrying in Canberra by the High Court challenge.
“Making solemn, legally-binding vows of lifelong commitment will be an important moment for same-sex couples who marry in the ACT, regardless of the outcome of the High Court case.”