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Australian Capital Territory Passes Marriage Equality Bill

ActThe Australian Capital Territory, essentially Australia's equivalent to Washington DC, has passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, the Canberra Times reports:

To thunderous applause from the public gallery, the single-chamber Parliament voted to approve a marriage equality law by eight votes to seven on Tuesday. Under the law, same-sex couples from across Australia will be able to marry in Australia by the end of the year.

The federal government plans to challenge the constitutionality of the bill in the High Court of Australia. Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr, who is gay, said the law would help transform many lives and Canberra into a “rainbow territory’’ or “city of love’’.

More from the paper here.

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  1. Nowadays it seems as if we can't go more than 24 hours without gays getting the right to marry somewhere in the world!

    Posted by: Mary | Oct 21, 2013 10:13:18 PM

  2. I'm Australian and live in top right hand corner state (queensland) within the down-ward bulge on the southern border. i hope this is the first of many victories for equality down under and one day i hope to find that special person to whom i can one day pledge my life to.

    Posted by: Tim doro | Oct 21, 2013 11:15:44 PM

  3. Australia's first step to the Modern Marriage Laws of the 21st Century. Canada is waiting to welcome you to join the club!

    Posted by: Darrell | Oct 22, 2013 2:20:55 AM

  4. Finally

    Posted by: Tristram | Oct 22, 2013 5:27:32 AM

  5. Great news....if the law isn't struck down.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 22, 2013 9:46:31 AM

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