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Australian court rejects gay marriage law, nullifies dozens of same-sex marriages

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SYDNEY — Australia’s highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country’s first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of dozens of same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings.

The federal government had challenged the validity of the Australian Capital Territory’s law that had allowed gay marriages in the nation’s capital and its surrounding area starting last Saturday.

Rob Griffith, APSame sex celebrant Rodger Munson, center, watches Chris Teoh, left, put a wedding ring on Ivan Hinton's finger as they take their vows during a ceremony at Old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

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Rodger Munson (center) officiates the wedding of Chris Teoh (left) and Ivan Hinton at Old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Teoh and Hinton’s marriage is one of dozens invalidated by Thursday’s ruling.

For Ivan Hinton, who married his partner Chris Teoh on Saturday, the result was heartbreaking. The couple just received their marriage certificate on Wednesday and immediately applied to change their surnames to Hinton-Teoh. Still, Hinton said he doesn’t regret going through with the wedding, and will always consider Teoh his husband.

“This was an unprecedented and historic opportunity,” he said. “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”

The federal government’s lawyer had argued that having different marriage laws in various Australian states and territories would create confusion. The ACT, which passed the law in October, said it should stand because it governs couples outside the federal definition of marriage as being between members of the opposite sex.

The High Court unanimously ruled that the ACT’s law could not operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act, which was amended in 2004 to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

“The Marriage Act does not now provide for the formation or recognition of marriage between same sex couples. The Marriage Act provides that a marriage can be solemnised in Australia only between a man and a woman,” the court said in a statement issued alongside its ruling. “That Act is a comprehensive and exhaustive statement of the law of marriage.”

Rodney Croome, national director of the advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality, said his group knows of about 30 same-sex coupl es who have married since Saturday, though the actual number may be slightly higher. The ruling means their marriages are now nullified.

Outside the court in Canberra, a tearful Croome, flanked by several same-sex couples who were married in the past week, said the ruling was a defeat for marriage equality but there had been a greater victory this week.

“And that victory was the nation saw for the first time, I believe, what is really at the core of this issue – they’ve seen that marriage equality is not about protest or politics or even about laws in the constitution, ultimately. Marriage equality is about love, commitment, family and fairness,” Croome said.

Lyle Shelton, managing director of Australian Christian Lobby, which opposes same-sex marriage, praised the court ruling and said common sense had prevailed.

As for the ruling’s impact on the newly-wedded couples, Shelton said it was “really sad that they were put in a position” in which they wer e allowed to marry before the court handed down its judgment.

“But I guess they knew as they went into these arrangements that the decision may not go their way,” he said.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott opposes gay marriage and his coalition blocked two federal bills last year that would have allowed legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.

The ruling comes a day after India’s Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexuality, dealing a blow to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India’s deeply conservative society.

Gay marriage has legal recognition in 18 countries as well as 16 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia.

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  1. Such bullshit.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:18am
  2. SHAME ON YOU Australia :/

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:18am
  3. Shame to the Australian Court….

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:18am
  4. GDammit!! :-(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:18am
  5. Talk about spiteful

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:19am
  6. NOOO!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:19am
  7. Wake up Australia!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:19am
  8. First India and now Australia what is happenning I thought Australia was better.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:19am
  9. we were - until some crazies elected an even crazier goverment.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:24am
  10. there is a world of difference between oz and india. india it is illegal. here they just invalidated the ACT ruling. stating that there cannot be a marriage law outside the intolerant national version... they have not made homosexuality illegal here - but fuckwit abbott wold if he could

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:25am
  11. I find it heartbreaking if he did that having a lesbian sister.I would never forgive him if he does that.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:06am
  12. To our friends down under, greetings from the USA. So sorry for your setback, don't lose heart. Trust me we here in the USA know all about crazies electing a crazy government! Prayers, love and best wishes!

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:39am
  13. .....Ghana...America ....Russia...This ain't funny anymore....TO ALL...LOVE AND PRAYERS....COURAGE

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:52am
  14. Denis writes " we were - until some crazies elected an even crazier goverment." That's a voting majority of our country you're talking about there buddy. It's not just 'some' and it's time people started realising it

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:39am
  15. .,the people voted abbott because the labour party is in a mess... what I don't understand is why most of the LGBT community even voted for LNP despite of their opposition to the LGBT community in general...

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:33pm
  16. @really Kenneth, what crazy election have you seen lately?

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:13pm
  17. Wtf?

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:19am
  18. This is heartbreaking

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:19am
  19. This is disgusting. All who voted in favor of this should be ashamed to be in office.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:20am
  20. They should be. They won't be.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:40am
  21. boooooooo !!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:20am
  22. Oh fuck

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:20am
  23. Aussies, you shall be ashamed of yourselves!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:20am
  24. surprised? I’m not. They speak English and they’re christian. If you don’t like it then you can get out of their country. I assume this applies to everything else that “they” don’t like.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:20am
  25. Get out of the country? It's a fucking island. You'd need to have a shit ton of money to travel to Israel (legal gay marriage) or Mexico D.F. (Legal gay marriage & adoption & pretty safe compared to the rest of mexico)

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:41am
  26. yeah, that's all i heard about the Aus. government anyway. (They probably said it in a more polite and more political tone but it's pretty much what they meant.)

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:46am
  27. ah i was wondering who 'they' were since the majority of us arent christians.......

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:52am
  28. SO I noticed ( i have a couple friends over there myself xD most are pagan/wiccan)

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54am
  29. Point in fact, Australia has a significantly smaller Christian population than the United States...

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:07am
  30. I'm just stating what I read. -_-

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:21am
  31. Aussies behind history.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:21am
  32. :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:21am
  33. Another disappointment to add to the list?

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:21am
  34. typical fucking asshole abbott.. motherfucking douchenozzle

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:21am
  35. Why?

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:22am
  36. This really sucks!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:22am
  37. :-(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:22am
  38. Dumb

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:22am
  39. sad

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:23am
  40. That’s how Democracy rolls in Australia.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:24am
  41. IT’s all about the bible thumpers, sadly.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:24am
  42. More than likely influenced by AMERICAN Bible thumpers. Sad that this infection is spreading from my country.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:33am
  43. Not necessarily. King James translated (& rewrote) the most copied Bible out there.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:35am
  44. i hate people who are all about that stupid bible bullshit. they need to just get over it & not do this shit.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:35am
  45. I've read the Bible in several languages. It only condones sodomy (anal Sex) because you are "wasting life." They believed back then that men had mini babies that would be shot inside a woman's vagina to carry..

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:39am
  46. There is quite a rich history in homosexual male marriage since women were no more than property, & two men having complete power of everything was seen as the most amazing thing ever.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:40am
  47. they just can't accept the fact that many people are gay & want to marry their special someone. I fucking hate that it's 2013 & they're going to do this shit. they just want many to be unhappy. :/

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:46am
  48. It was legal then. A homophobic pope made the bible more complicated in text so it wasn't as simply & even the literate couldn't understand it. I completely agree but our current year has nothing to do with it if it was legal then :/

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:47am
  49. I fucking hate those stupid religious fucks. not our fault that they we love who we love even if it happens to be the same sex. What i mean w/ "it's 2013" it's that by now it's all different. many people are coming out & it's completely absurd that they're doing this. I'm sure many are more than angry & will be protesting.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49am
  50. It's not just religion. In the USSR, religion was de facto outlawed and people were persecuted for their beliefs -- yet parts of the USSR also criminalized homosexuality regardless and discriminated against openly gay people.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:05am
  51. Awful.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:24am
  52. That’s sad.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:25am
  53. Another goddamned punk-ass country going backwards! I’m seriously about to lose my mind and go on a murder spree

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:25am
  54. cos that'd help......lol

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51am
  55. I didn't say it would help. I'm not here to be helpful

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:53am
  56. Sorry to hear. California did the same thing to my partner and I who were married and together seven years.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:26am
  57. What just like Russua and India??? WTF

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:27am
  58. WTH and why

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:27am
  59. what the hell

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:28am
  60. Why do we let our government treat us so badly!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:28am
  61. time to remove these hide bound judges on these courts and get real people represented on the benches.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:28am
  62. Booo hisss

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:28am
  63. Boooooooooooo!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:29am
  64. I’m sorry y’all. It is such bullshit!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:29am
  65. Seriously why should any country decide who can marry who….. its 2013 get with the damn program

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:29am
  66. they are stuck in the dark ages

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:43am
  67. it is not the country but the religious idiots who are controlling politicians.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:12pm
  68. Ass Hats

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:30am
  69. Very sad day for the LGBTI community

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:30am
  70. makes me want to cry actually.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:47am
  71. Me too :(

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:47am
  72. I'm in tears. i can just imagine the other countries who are going to do the same. this is bullshit.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51am
  73. So sad.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:31am
  74. Yeah, I am really disappointed in Australia.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:31am
  75. well fuck you too australia.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:32am
  76. Come on Australia!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:33am
  77. Booooo.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:35am
  78. How can someone have the heart to do that?

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:35am
  79. they did this because they are heartless. they never had a heart if they did this. :(

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54am
  80. Congrats, Australia. Your legislative system is as hateful as America’s.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:39am
  81. It is worse...

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:09am
  82. it is worst...

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:33pm
  83. This sucks!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:40am
  84. sad day for australia

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:41am
  85. Who fucking cares about the stupid bible and idiotic Christian gods. This is about law, a bad one, and needs to be fight against. I hope the best for gay Aussies in their fight for equal rights and a secular society.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:42am
  86. Is this Australia or California 6 yrs ago?

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:42am
  87. Saddening, infuriating, and hatred at its finest.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:45am
  88. How strange Australia s acted like India third world shithole

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:47am
  89. What a crock! I’d be so angry!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:47am
  90. WTF ?!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48am
  91. so sad

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49am
  92. OUCH I thought they were better than that!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49am
  93. What’s up with Australia? They are like British rednecks. They need to get with the program.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51am
  94. He who has the most money wins. It’s always the ‘church’. They have always had the most money. :-( Until the people stand up against the churches. Gay marriages will never become legal. People all over the world need to stand up against the churches!
    In the U.S. Thankfully more and more states are listening to the people! :-D. So little by little. Step by step we gain strength to stand up against narrow minded, and greedy people! Would love to see the whole world stand up to the injustices that churches hold against us!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51am
  95. God bless

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:52am
  96. Aw man.. keep your heads up and keep fighting that bill Australia!.. It will happen, much luv :)

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:52am
  97. ok whos in with me on this, lets buy half the U.S. (seeing that its this place is broke they may be willing to sell some of the land), and we shell call the new country pink land, (thats all i could come up with it anyone else has a better name tell me) but it will be the freest land in the world and be open to only LGBT.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:52am
  98. How very Mandelaesque of Australia.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:53am
  99. The paperwork is not important it’s the personal commitment and integrity of your relationship.
    That said it is still a deplorable situation

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:53am
  100. yeah the formal recognition that the paperwork gives you IS important

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:35am
  101. Actually it can matter in death, I have lost count of the number of people who after their partners died were denied an estate and even attendance to the funeral by unaccepting family members of the deceased.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:56am
  102. To throw my two cents in, I’m thinking that Australia is secretly afraid of gays and lesbians.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:53am
  103. Dreadful

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54am
  104. The Flag of Shame !!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54am
  105. Come to Canada!! We love you! Get married here! <3

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54am
  106. I wanna go to Canada...

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:58am
  107. California will allow you to marry and is warmer than Canada.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:16am
  108. They are cute couple!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54am
  109. They revoked their marriage? What a crock of shit.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54am
  110. What they did to this couple is unforgivable – history will judge the government for taking their rights way in such a sloppy and hateful fashion

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54am
  111. Step back for down under

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:55am
  112. Never have I been so ashamed to be Australian.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:55am
  113. For what it’s worth – they are a beautiful couple – my heart goes out to them – tears

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56am
  114. This is simply heartbreaking!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56am
  115. Sad. Been there but at least we were married for six months.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56am
  116. Australia, such a beautiful country with such a small group of small minded people running it. So sad…..

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:46am
  117. Most tragic day for gay rights.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:57am
  118. ♥♥

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:57am
  119. Our hearts are with them.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:57am
  120. Any Bi girl wanna talk ? Msg or Add me :*

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:57am
  121. Love is love no matter who its between

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:58am
  122. This is so sad :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:58am
  123. :’( why?!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:58am
  124. Wrong.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:58am
  125. I cant believe this still -.-

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:59am
  126. Heartbreaking, glad I live in canada

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:59am
  127. Matthew Scott, I live very close to Canada but never visited. I, [excuse me, WE] will be there soon to visit Canada. I hope we meet up with you!!!!

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:44am
  128. Matt Wood

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:59am
  129. That’s so sad :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:59am
  130. Shame on the high court.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:00am
  131. Legal recognition of marriage for gays and straights is very important in terms of equal rights, but when love is true, the law means nothing. No one can take away the love between two people, no matter their gender. The fight will continue, and eventually be won.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:01am
  132. such an adorable couple, its not the paperwork, nor how anyone else sees you but how you see yourselves. Much love from Canada to this amazing married couple

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:01am
  133. Such crap!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:01am
  134. :’(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:01am
  135. I just crossed Australia off of my list of places to visit. I will make sure to get this news to Chelsea Handler!Australia…..you chose the path of fear….too bad

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:02am
  136. We were going to visit Australia, I have always wanted to see that great country. Not any more.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:41am
  137. What happened?

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:04am
  138. Well that just SUCKS BIGTIME!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:05am
  139. This is for shame…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:06am
  140. Be happy

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:06am
  141. In Canada gay marriage has been legal since 2006. I really hate to say gay marriage. It is total bullshit that people have to be discriminated against in every sense including marriage/love. If you love someone you should be allowed to get married otherwise you are denying people their rights. Which is ridiculous.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:06am
  142. Heartbreaking!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:09am
  143. <3

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:11am
  144. Congrad i am happy if they r happy Megan Voth u said it right I whsh my daughter Tracy got that happiness

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:12am
  145. The current conservative government is “wrecking the joint”. So far, they have rolled back progress on many fronts and made Australia a political laughing stock (at best, it apparently got close to physical blows in Indonesia).

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:13am
  146. Yea, everyone deserves the right to marry the one they love :)

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:14am
  147. Sounds like the court followed the law and acted as it is supposed to. There is a federal law in Australia that bans same sex marriage and that law must be amended for same sex marriage to become legal. A lesser law will not work and the court was correct to uphold the federal law.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:16am
  148. Basically, sounds like how their system is set up, yes. Under a strong federal system, the federal government declared what marriage is, and the federal parliament is what needs to be lobbied to change the law. Lacking the equivalent of a Bill of Rights and a 14th Amendment (guaranteeing equal rights to all citizens), and in the face of a federal definition of marriage, it didn't seem like this would pass muster.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:23am
  149. .,yes, but if a marriage equality bill does pass in the federal level, it cannot be challenge since that court said that it is the JOB of the legislative body to pass such law...

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:38pm
  150. I have no words……

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:18am
  151. WTF?!?!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:19am
  152. I met the love of my life in the USA in 1998 and to be together we had to move to Australia because for migration purposes Australia recognizes same sex couples and allowed us to live together. US didn’t offer that to us. Now I feel embarrassed that Australia my country is so discriminating towards marriage equality.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:23am
  153. Come to Canada we will accept you!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:23am
  154. Good ole democracy in action, way to go high court ….

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:24am
  155. Australia needs to get rid of these old bigoted conservatives ,just as bad as the Republicans here.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:24am
  156. We JUST voted them in. Tony Abbott is our George W. Bush. :(

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:42am
  157. he is worst than bush...

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:35pm
  158. what is he 12

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:26am
  159. Well it’s supposed to be passed here in United Kingdom on 29th march 2014 so I am waiting to see if this happens ,and for those like us who already have civil partner ships they will up dated to a marriage in December 2014 automatically ?????

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:29am
  160. whew…i can’t say anything but i will pray for this one…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:30am
  161. Hope will outlast hate, they can only prevail for so long and then they die. The younger generation sees equality through a very different lense.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:33am
  162. awful

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:35am
  163. Good for them!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:44am
  164. This is so sad :-(.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:48am
  165. this shocks me about Australia!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:50am
  166. this is sooo sad

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:51am
  167. Old school trying to hang on to old school ways. Love will win the day…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:58am
  168. Disgusting…and i have to live under this government…so many people happy last saturday…and now heartbreak…fuck the government…its a bit of paper…important to some..yes…i hope ny grandson doesnt have to grow up in this world of hate…to young now…but his two nan nan’s love him…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:03am
  169. I’m so sorry…..

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:03am
  170. Wow. Merry Christmas Australia.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:12am
  171. And we now see who stands with Russia

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:14am
  172. Boo.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:15am
  173. How disappointing! :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:19am
  174. Heartbreaking :-(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:24am
  175. The paperwork is important when it involves rights that some have access to and others don’t. That’s why marriage is called a “civil contract.” SHAME on Australia. They are down under and apparently backwards as well.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:25am
  176. Down under and apparently backwards as well…..

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:28am
  177. nunca lo hubiera pensado de Australia que desilusión

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:30am
  178. That is so not fair!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:32am
  179. That’s why neighbouring New Zealand will always be the superior country.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:32am
  180. There's only one regard in which it isn't- and that's the weather. Hah...

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:41am
  181. I'd sooner take lesser weather than lesser rights.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:46am
  182. NZ is always better and ahead of australia... f*ck, even argentina, brazil, and uruguay is AHEAD of australia and VIETNAM might even surpass you soon!!!

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:35pm
  183. Sounds like a bunch if old farty repubs

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:33am
  184. I do not worry about what the government says is legal or not. All I care about is that I am happy and in love for life with my partner. It is no one’s business but ours. God is deeply in our lives and condones and supports it completely. That is all that matters. We have our life long supportive friends and the rest does not matter. To all the hater heterosexuals out there. Did you chose to be straight? My point exactly.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:35am
  185. Illinois just pass same sex marriage ..going to be.married 2015. Love is love .. i

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:35am
  186. Sad!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:37am
  187. Boo!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:42am
  188. They have way to many Rednecks!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:45am
  189. I guess there’s no equality down under…I am so sick and tired of being told I am a second class citizen, God knows what I might do? Seriously Australia could you go backwards any faster?

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:46am
  190. Shame on Australia.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:52am
  191. It’s a shame in today’s world the ignorance that comes from people. We are the next chosen people. Like it or not.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:53am
  192. CONGRATULATIONS BEAUTIFUL MEN….and hang in there, it is just a matter of time. <3

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:00am
  193. So sorry for the Australians.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:02am
  194. Marriage certificate IS very important when it comes to life insurance. The one you love will get a check when something happens to you, just saying.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:03am
  195. Guys, your marriage is real.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:04am
  196. I was going to go there for my 50th birthday, but now they can kiss my ass.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:16am
  197. I’m heart broken over then small mindedness that is going on in the world these days! If they had to fight this hard to marry the opposite sex couple they loved, laws would change really fast!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:19am
  198. I am so embarrassed about this. Wake up Australia we look bad…it is 2013 not 1913.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:24am
  199. Lets hope it last

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:27am
  200. Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:33am
  201. Shame, Shame , Shame Australian Gov, Wake up & get with the 21st Century! We are no longer living in the dark ages & our laws should reflect that!! Very sad day in our history :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:35am
  202. So, in other words, stay at the bottom where you belong you dirty dirty homos you are not equal and we will not recognize you. Not so surprising really when you consider that until 1998 indigenous Australians (commonly known as Aboriginals) were still governed under the flora and fawner act along with the other native animals… Things only improve for them slightly after this when they were then lumped under the department of immigration. That country is run by Catholics and populated by apathy. You want change? Force it.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:44am
  203. Australia is embarrassing!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:49am
  204. The law was brought about by a state/territory government basically to push the federal government towards legislation for marriage equality. These guys and (dozens more) knew that their marriages would most likely be revoked/annulled as marriage laws are a federal issue in Australia.
    Times are changing here though… It’s just unfortunate that our prime minister is a retarded catholic bigot, who is out of step with public opinion.
    Australia is still a wonderful country! (I live there :-D)

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:50am
  205. I am sure it is wonderful and I am sure the decision has legal merit, it just feels and looks like the country is backwards. How can you be in such a minority these days? At least you aren't India.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:45am
  206. Assholes

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:54am
  207. I am shocked about Australia

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:58am
  208. Jackasses

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:02am
  209. Wtf are they trying to go backwards like Russia it’s so wrong

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:10am
  210. Sad then whole world needs to wake up

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:29am
  211. Marriage is marriage…these wonderful people got married…far as our eyes see…they are still married in their hearts…its only bigot homophobes that see differently…good on you Gents…hope it lasts you for life…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:29am
  212. I’m sad and embarrassed to call myself Australian, why does it matter who you marry.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:46am
  213. Australia;he man country they wish ;;;

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:01am
  214. Damn it!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:09am
  215. Im surprised as thought Australia was a country to look up to. Guess im lucky here in the UK.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:11am
  216. That’s so shameful. Don’t let go of the fight, Aussies! We have your back in the U.S. and we’re still fighting, state by state.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:11am
  217. Can’t believe it, what is the difference between Russia, India, and now Australia. All fucked up places.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:12am
  218. in india the legislative body might repeal it after the election... in australia, if the Labour party wins they will legalize it... in russia, it's hopeless...

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:36pm
  219. He is your husband. You made it, darling. For everyone else, it still counts.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:15am
  220. was

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:15am
  221. what a shame !

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:16am
  222. Thank God I live in the U.S.A. might as well just come on over here! Some states here have legal marriage now I think it is 10 or 11 now not too sure,but better then a Country who does not share the importance of equality!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:18am
  223. This is why I’m happy we have parliamentary sovereignty in the uk. It can be abused rarely but prevents us this kind of embarrassment. What a disgrace to the uphold of law.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:23am
  224. Tragic and a major setback for Australia!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:29am
  225. Marriage is just a symbol of love. Love is really between the two people and not what it says on paper.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:29am
  226. Just remember great change comes from small steps….. This is not the end of the equality war…… When this generation of leaders is replaced with the next in line and the ones to follow, in every nation in the world, we’ll see the injustices begin to erode….. The current world leaders grew up in a time when fear and hatred were rampant (even more so than now) but fortunately with technology now a days, people’s struggles are shared and broadcast directly into people’s lives…. Stand strong and keep fighting, we will have victory for equality!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:36am
  227. >:0 what?!? R u kidding me?!? Australia, wtf?!!?

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:40am
  228. I just don’t understand the objection to same-sex marriage, I’ve always explained to my children that it’s just one person loving another person

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:49am
  229. Can the we have a class action against the government for discrimination, does anyone know if this is possible?

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:08am
  230. Land of the free…. Ha! What a joke Australia is….

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:09am
  231. What a joke so they are letting the religious bigots win once again,Australia get into the 21st century you bunch of knobs stop staying in the dark ages

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:23am
  232. Jayden Jones good question we should have that here to deal with our crappy & corrupt coalition government where David Cameron and his arrogant tory twats along with nick clegg & his cronies get rich at everyone else’s expense while lining their own pockets
    Time to get rid of these lying cheating parasitic scumbags governments & then hang David Cameron for wilfull acts of treason & corruption against his own people

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:27am
  233. In terms of legal protection of their assets of a life built together….marriage is very important….fortunately the love that binds their hearts goes on and does not require the recognition of any government or religion in the world.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:44am
  234. Me and my wife r married but the state we live n isn’t legal yet,Indiana

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:47am
  235. A shanda, in the midst of the continuing evolvement of civil and human rights…-’:(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:51am
  236. the guy on the left looks too young to get married

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:04am
  237. The Nazi’s never accepted as legal, Jewish marriages either, but that doesn’t mean those people were not married…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:29am
  238. Sad. Xoxo Big Gay Love

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:37am
  239. it’s gonna happen…we had that problem in California.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:41am
  240. Too bad. I guess that the US isn’t the only country that’s sadly behind the curve when it comes to marriage equality.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:56am
  241. Wow.. I used to want to live there used to

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:03am
  242. Australian high court and the government hang your head in shame

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:08am
  243. Congratulations, Australia. You’ve just joined the list of countries and states who can kiss my fucking ass.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:22am
  244. Speaking of California. The marriages performed when it was legal were upheld. May check into that as a possibility there too.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:37am
  245. Sigh ppl so stupid like why criminalize love

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:39am
  246. Come on, Australia! You’re better than this crap!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:40am
  247. You can consider him your husband because he is. It will happen…people will continue to wake the hell up.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:32pm
  248. It boggles my mind how a court that’s charged with upholding justice can be so unjust.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:36pm
  249. Get with it Australia,New Zealand is laughing at you

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:44pm
  250. we are goin keep marching and fight again till day i die !! as i.want us gay and lesbian transgender to have equal rights for all aust !! for fair!! and equal rights !!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:02pm
  251. but hope this gov gets wipe out and we get a better one !! a one like madella fight for all equal rights of people !! its for ‘all austs and we are all austs we pay tax and work like every other aust !!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:04pm
  252. I hope we never forget the struggles of our past that have allowed us to realize the change we are experiencing today.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:12pm
  253. I entered a civil partnership with my thai husband almost two years ago … within the next year, British law will allow us to convert it into full marriage. catch up, Australia!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:16pm
  254. Exactly Norhassan Ali Usman. The court has clearly pointed where the law change must originate and has also clearly stated that once that law is changed they will uphold it. Too many people do not understand how governments work and try to effect change in the wrong place. Those same people then act gravely offended when their attempt is countered.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:23pm
  255. All i know is i have some very important ladies my life who have very stable relationships n have hearts with love some people loom for all their life n still cant find… Amber Joiner Faith Smith Lynn Lomenick Kelly Garrett u are entitled. To equal right. N i love u / yall r some wonderful ladies. N my lids adore them sum. Of our ladies haha lol. Love u

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:32pm
  256. I hope we never forget the struggles of our past that have allowed us to realize the change we are experiencing today.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:41pm
  257. Great Picture Guy’s! God bless you both. Congrats to you both…. :-)

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:04pm
  258. so beautiful….your love will not be damaged….law is only the creed of man….love is the creed of the heart and of God….be strong and of good courage!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:23pm
  259. Congratulations to the both of you. Legal or not, the smiles on your faces shows how much the love is alive.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:33pm
  260. Awww I love you auntie Dee Jones :) that was very sweet

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:37pm
  261. kiss my tourism dollars good by

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:40pm
  262. Bullshit

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:45pm
  263. that sucks

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:45pm
  264. Disgraceful

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:45pm
  265. They can move to Sweden and get married here! Just wishing!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:45pm
  266. boo

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:45pm
  267. total BULLSHIT!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:46pm
  268. WTF!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:46pm
  269. Fucking bullshit. I’m starting to really fucking hate living here, this is just bullshit. Love is love no matter the gender.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:46pm
  270. noooooooooo!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:47pm
  271. I’m so suck of this fucking world.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:47pm
  272. Completely Dreadful

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:47pm
  273. Thats fucked up

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:47pm
  274. How can they do that. I feel so terrible for these couples. This is absolute bullshit.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:47pm
  275. That’s terrible. :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  276. Terrible

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  277. Wtf

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  278. Very sad but don’t give up hope Aussies!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  279. My gosh, that’s terrible!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  280. That is why I will never get married. Even if WI finally falls in and allows it. Why does someone else get to say i can, then can’t, maybe it is ok in this city or county or state. F$@k them all, I don’t need a piece of paper to know that i love my partner till death!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  281. only a blip Tonya, this will be overcome

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:10pm
  282. I wish you all the luck.Im bisexual n I feel marriage is only a piece of paper too but I think all of our Lgbt community should get a chance to marry :).Have a beautiful day

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:22pm
  283. That is BS!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  284. I think thats wrong that is so messed up

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  285. That’s Bullshit

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  286. that is fucked up :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  287. Wake up Australia! SMH

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  288. Omg my heart sinks for them!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  289. It’s too bad for words! Shame on Australia!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:48pm
  290. This is not only disgraceful but completely unacceptable. You can’t play with people like that, giving them something and taking it away, it’s like they do not see that they are human and not object.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  291. I do want equality for those of us that want marriage tho :)

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  292. It’s okay, they are still married in the eyes of God.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  293. That’s f….. up!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  294. Not a vacation destination. How awful!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  295. This is wrong!!! WHY?? Leave it to teh Govt!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  296. They need to get a life and leave others alone! That’s bullshit! >=(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  297. That is so wrong !!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  298. Im so sorry to you all. One day, we will win.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  299. What a shame.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  300. Gross. This is why Canada needs to rule the world – said the American.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  301. Agreed! Go Canada!!

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:25pm
  302. What a crock of paranoid delusional bullshit. Disgraceful

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  303. … absolutely unbelievable …

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:49pm
  304. That’s fucking crap. I’m so sick of all the back and forth in this world. We should be able to just get married and everyone who didn’t like it can mind their own fucking business

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:50pm
  305. That’s kinda fucked

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:50pm
  306. So tired of bigotry wrapping itself in the cloak of religion.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:50pm
  307. Not right at all.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:50pm
  308. That is so sad and such a disgrace in this day in age

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:50pm
  309. What a shame! Hopefully this will turn around eventually….sooner than later I hope!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:50pm
  310. The woman’s should wear wedding dresses not pants

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:50pm
  311. They should wear whatever they WANT to wear!

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  312. lol... why a dress.. they are just wearing what they feel is right for them.. Now i would probably feel strange if one of the guys wore a dress-lol

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:59pm
  313. Yes cos that's the issue here smfh !!! They should wear what they r comfortable in and this isn't about clothing it's about taking away what should be everyone's basic right !!!

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:14pm
  314. This is disgusting. Shame on you Australia. You’re not alone in your shame but you would have been in better company had you chosen justice and equality.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  315. Ridiculous

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  316. Unfortunately, the court ruled exactly as they had to… It’s just too bad that the conflicting laws in Australia resulted in this outcome. For the small comfort that it can give, in America the laws are NOT set up this way, and such a ruling would be impossible under the laws.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  317. That sucks: ( I am so sorry to hear this. Why can’t people just live and let live. Sending love and light to these couples.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  318. Thats Absolutely Horrid!!!
    An Outrage @ Slightest…
    Disappointed in you Australian “High Court”…
    *shakez head & lookz down*

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  319. whats wrong with the land down under?

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  320. I call bulls#!t on that…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  321. What a shame. :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:51pm
  322. That’s a crock of s*** are you f****** kidding me

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:52pm
  323. In the eyes of God, no one cares about that. They want it real. And acknowledged.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:52pm
  324. as wrong as the government was in going back on this, all these people will still be married in their eyes as well as their families and Many other Australians THEY DONT NEED THE LAW THEY HAVE THE WORLD BEHIND THEM

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:52pm
  325. Completely wrong

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:52pm
  326. I didn’t know Australia housed Republiscums…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:52pm
  327. that’s fucked !!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:52pm
  328. Stay strong and hold on to those memories from that day you married your love. -NO ONE or any ruling can take that away from you.
    I’m saddened for you all!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:52pm
  329. Think I will spend my money somewhere else on a vacation!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:53pm
  330. That’s stupid.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:53pm
  331. That is just wrong. It makes no sense It upsets me that the government is allowed to tell people who they can fall in love with. What a shame.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:53pm
  332. O m f g

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:53pm
  333. If every gay person in the world stopped going there to travel or vacation they would see how much gays mean to them!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:53pm
  334. Disgusting that lawmakers have so much power

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:53pm
  335. that just isn’t right !! fuck them all !!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54pm
  336. I am so sorry. Don’t lose your faith in love. The law is an ass.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54pm
  337. Fu**ers!..

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54pm
  338. Sorry folks but that marriage that you had will remain in your hearts❤️❤️❤️we fought the same battle for many years but the tide is turning for equality all over the planet. Just hang in there and fight and keep on fighting it’ll happen.⭕️⭕️⭕️⭕️

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54pm
  339. That’s such bullshit

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:54pm
  340. My HUSBAND and I are both upset with this….. come to Des Moines…Iowa that’s where we got married over 2 years agi

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:55pm
  341. Whaaaaat?!?! BOOOOO.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:55pm
  342. Australia’s Highest Court is full of JACK_ASS ‘es

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:55pm
  343. Sighhhhhhh. ;(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56pm
  344. BS Australia courts

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56pm
  345. My heart breaks as I read this. I am so sorry that this is happening. I stand in solidarity with you all…..

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56pm
  346. Boo and that sucks

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56pm
  347. Damn, I thought Australia was more progressive.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56pm
  348. Boooooo! Really!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56pm
  349. True on Canada – and some other countries! We did get married – and even without legal recognition – our hearts knew it 14 years before when we exchanged vows. Now – we are at least able to make those decisions together we need to make. Every little step leads to another state falling in line – so don’t give up on getting married – but don’t do it because you are infatuated – do it when you know you cannot live without the other person.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56pm
  350. first step.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56pm
  351. so dumb. so when it’s legal again they will be forking out the money to get married again. hope the gov’t is flipping those bills.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:56pm
  352. that’s sad

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:57pm
  353. I smell a HUGE class action lawsuit. You can’t back track a law.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:57pm
  354. ridiculous!…Just a matter of time… So sorry these couples are going through this

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:59pm
  355. That sucks.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:59pm
  356. Fuck that it’s ur choice to wake up n hate ppl fuck ur “judgemental fucks

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:59pm
  357. Mai Yag FellaGirlie Just cause they look so pretty in a dress. But i guess they should wear what’s good for them. Dresses are just prettier

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:00pm
  358. someday this will all be a memory! That’s what I keep telling myself each time I get discouraged. Change is coming, and one day, this will just be another terrible spot in our history books. I’m sure that is little consolation right now to those who have found The One and are unable to marry legally worldwide, but being a part of this fight is a cause that is dear to my heart. Keep the faith! Law or not, these couples got to share a wedding day with the person they love. One day, stories like these will not happen anymore! Everyone will be free to love. One step at a time :)

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:01pm
  359. Grrr! So not right!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:01pm
  360. How can you go back on a law that was already passed ????

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:02pm
  361. so sorry to here this mates :-(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:02pm
  362. So sorry to hear that..it doesn’t make any sense! Why can low judge our love, take equality away in the court? It makes a bad impact coz I thought Australia is more open to gay ppl rather than other western countries…Sad.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:03pm
  363. Sucks. Look how happy they all are. Whyvwould anyone want to ruin that.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:03pm
  364. Thats HORRIBLE! I would sue!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:04pm
  365. That’s horrible! I feel so bad for these & others… What a damn shame!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:05pm
  366. The women should wear what they feel comfortable in. Dresses may be prettier to you Kaitlyn but some people just dont feel comfortable in them.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:06pm
  367. Wrong wrong wrong

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:06pm
  368. Love is Love regardless of the sex of a person and it should not be the courtsgovernments decisions. .. so sorry that some people are so small minded…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:07pm
  369. A lot of gay people visit Australia every year maybe we should go somewhere else!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:07pm
  370. You have gotta be fucken kidding me !!! I’m ashamed to be an australian this is totally disgusting and really sad . Everyone deserves to marry the person they love and no other person should have the right to stop that it’s cruel . Very upset by this . Was finally holding out hope that when I meet the right girl I will be able to marry her as any other couple would . This is sooooo wrong :(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:07pm
  371. Just like California….I feel so sorry for the couples involved.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:07pm
  372. Shameful!! Australia ought to be ashamed of themselves. SMH :’(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:08pm
  373. Lol

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:08pm
  374. perhaps not by law….but by the law of love….married eternally!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:08pm
  375. Disgraceful and fucking evil. Abbott is the fucking devil

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:08pm
  376. My heart breaks for them as I read this

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:08pm
  377. Rubbish fuck that country.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:09pm
  378. sad…but it will probably change as the fight continues :-(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:09pm
  379. crazy

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:09pm
  380. what a SHAME….. a damn Shame…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:09pm
  381. I love that this is an LGBTQ support page and someone has a problem that a dude might want to wear a dress.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:10pm
  382. That’s absolutely fucked up.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:10pm
  383. Very disturbing!!! So saddening!!! ;(((

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:10pm
  384. Not good !!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:11pm
  385. I’M GOING TO KILL AND DESTROY AUSTALIA !
    NOW THE SPIRITS WONT BE THE ONLY THING THE PEOPLE FEAR !

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:12pm
  386. SHITTY…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:13pm
  387. Smh that crap ain’t even right!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:14pm
  388. I do believe it will also, Gerard, and one day the whole world will allow equality in marriage. I also should say i will never get married again. Before i came out ten years ago i was married so i know both sides and i think all humans are equal and deserve love. It sucks that there are so many complications.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:17pm
  389. That stinks

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:17pm
  390. Well mabey if these beautiful couple starts boycotting straight marriages people will get the hint.Ignorant people in this world

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:19pm
  391. Oh, my heart goes out to them. The same thing happened to us when we were married in Oregon in 2004. Our marriage was erased and we were devastated. I hope they don’t have to wait as long as we did (2012 in Washington) to be legal again. A sad day indeed.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:21pm
  392. This is so sad

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:22pm
  393. This is just plain stupid…people are being so stupid about this. I am fortunate to live in a place where I can marry the love of my life…a woman…and my neighbor can marry his love…a woman as well. Guess what people…it’s going to happen. Brace yourselves.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:23pm
  394. that sucks~

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:25pm
  395. how awful!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:25pm
  396. So sad. I really thought Australia had it together. I hope this does not completely derail their efforts for marriage equality.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:25pm
  397. Australians could just storm their bigoted court and let ‘em know who’s really boss.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:28pm
  398. but they did it, despite the naysayers, who haven’t won, just prolonged the fight for equality.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:28pm
  399. Sad!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:28pm
  400. Really Australia! REALLY!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:29pm
  401. That is bull crap

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:30pm
  402. this is beyond cruel. I went through the same thing in California.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:30pm
  403. just sickening.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:30pm
  404. So sorry…but they will always be married under God’s law!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:31pm
  405. what crap

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:34pm
  406. That’s awful!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:34pm
  407. Who else wants to rub an Australian high court judge’s nose in this pile of feces they just unloaded?

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:36pm
  408. I am soooo sorry that this happened.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:37pm