George Brandis to call for expedited hearing on ACT same-sex marriage law
Attorney General George Brandis has announced he will mount an expedited challenge to the ACT’s historic same-sex marriage laws.
Brandis hopes to quash the laws by an appeal in the High Court.
Brandis has commented he is calling for an expedited hearing in order to minimise the ''distress'' 1000s of lesbian and gay couples could face should their ACT authorised marriages become null if the High Court rules in favour of the Commonwealth.
"It would be very distressing to individuals who may enter into a ceremony of marriage under the new ACT law, and to their families, to find that their marriages were invalid. In that context, the government will request the High Court to give the case an expedited hearing,'' a spokeswoman for Senator Brandis said.
Brandis has received advice from the acting Commonwealth Solicitor-General that the ACT's Marriage Equality legislation is invalid because it is inconsistent with the Commonwealth Marriage Act.
Legal advice obtained by the Tasmanian and NSW governments contradict this stance.