High Court date set for ACT same-sex marriage case
A date has been set in the High Court for the Federal Government’s challenge to the ACT’s Same-Sex Marriage Bill. December 3 will mark D-day for the case and the hearing is earmarked to last two days.
The High Court will consider eight legal questions in regards to the ACT Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Bill which was passed on October 22.
The Commonwealth is arguing the territory’s law is inconsistent with the Federal Marriage Act and as such, it should be struck down.
The Territory is arguing that the federal Marriage Act applies only to marriage between a man and a woman and therefore a law between same-sex couples is not inconsistent and should be able to be legislated by the states and territories.
Chief Justice Robert French has confirmed the hearing will take place before a full bench.