Australia’s High Court High Court strikes down gay marriage in capital
AFP: Australia’s top court struck down Australian Capital Territory’s gay marriage legislation, where dozens have wed under the law.
The High Court ruled that parliament must decide whether to approve same-sex marriages.
"The Marriage Act does not now provide for the formation or recognition of marriage between same-sex couples," the court said.
"That Act is a comprehensive and exhaustive statement of the law of marriage," it added.
"Under the constitution and federal law as it now stands, whether same-sex marriage should be provided for by law is a matter for the federal parliament."
The decision means that the 27 couples who have wed since the ACT laws came into effect a month ago will have their marriages annulled as invalid.
Gay marriage has been explicitly outlawed in Australia since 2004, when then-prime minister John Howard amended the Marriage Act to specify that such unions were only valid between a man and a woman.
Photo: An Australian gay couple exchange vows during their marriage at Canberra’s Old Parliament House on Dec. 7, 2013. (Andrew Taylor / AFP)
FUCK YOU! One step forward and five steps back for Australia. I’m so ashamed of my country and the High Court today. Anyone who is feeling as I do should write to their local MP, the Prime Minister and the High Court to let their voices be heard. Today.
When is this government going to accept that most of the population feel equal rights cannot be postponed any longer?