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Australian Capital Territory votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Monday, October 21, 2013

CANBERRA, Australia — A provincial parliament in Australia has become the country’s first to pass a law that allows same-sex marriages. But the federal government has threatened a court challenge.

Australian-Capital-TerritoryThe Australian Capital Territory parliament passed the law with the support of lawmakers from the province’s governing Labor and Greens parties.

All eight opposition Liberal Party lawmakers in the 17-seat Legislative Assembly voted against the bill.

The first same-sex marriage could take place in December, but federal Attorney General George Brandis, a member of the Liberal Party, said his government has legal advice that the legislation is invalid.

Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has refused a request from Brandis not to allow same-sex marriages to take place until the High Court ruled on the law’s constitutional validity.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. big deal it still excludes intersex people.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:17am
  2. Thank god one step at a time

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:20am
  3. Congratulations!!! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:29am
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    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:32am
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    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:48am
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    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:25am
  9. wow!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:36am
  10. Wow!! This is new, about time, maybe I should move to the ACT to be recognised…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:30am
  11. Next holiday in Australia ,,,why not?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:47am
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    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 12:15pm
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    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:21am
  14. I think it’s these attitudes which feed homophobia. Btw what’s the Q? Last I heard it was LGBTI

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:27am