Court in Australia rules against marriage equality, invalidates new same-sex marriages
Twenty-seven newlywed couples will have their marriages annulled after the Australian High Court ruled the country’s new marriage equality law unconstitutional.
Marriage equality went into effect in Australia last weekend, prompting 27 couples to marry at the earliest opportunity they could. But the High Court ruled that the law was inconsistent with the Federal Marriage Act and did not come through the federal government, and was therefore unconstitutional.
Miserable as this is, the couples who were married in Canberra say the decision won’t get them down.
Ivan Hinton and his partner Chris were one of the first couples to take advantage of the brief chance to marry in the ACT last weekend.
Ahead of the High Court’s decision Mr Hinton said they do not regret a thing.
"The amazing thing for us, the unexpected thing for us is the community," he said.
"The love that we’ve received from Canberra - and this is something that regardless of what happens here in the High Court - it was a celebration in this past week.
"We’ve been pulled up in the streets. We’ve been shaken by the hand, congratulated by people that we’ve never met before."
All my love and respect to the couples who are holding their heads high in spite of such an ignorant decision. Time to work on the federal government to get marriage passed for good.