High Court rules on ACT same-sex marriage today
The fate of the ACT’s same sex couples who married over the weekend will be decided today when the High Court rules on the validity of the ACT’s same sex marriage law.
A number of couples including Australian Marriage Equality’s deputy director, Ivan Hinton, and WA member, Stephen Dawson, took advantage of the window of opportunity between the laws taking effect on Saturday and today’s judgement by the High Court, to wed.
If the High Court rules in favour of the Commonwealth, these marriages will be rendered invalid.
The Commonwealth has argued the ACT law is inconsistent with the Federal Marriage Act which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. The ACT say their law is not inconsistent as it is defining marriage between people of the same sex.
A full bench of the High Court will deliver their decision today.