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First Same-Sex Marriages in Australia to Take Place Saturday as Law Faces High Court Challenge: VIDEO


Australia's High Court is hearing a case between the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) which has legalized same-sex marriage, and the Commonwealth, which seeks to strike down the law.

ActIn the meantime, the High Court is allowing the first same-sex marriages to take place, starting this Saturday. More than 50 couples are expected to marry this weekend.

The Commonwealth argues that the ACT's same-sex marriage law is inconsistent with the federal marriage act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The ACT is arguing that its law can sit comfortably alongside the federal marriage act, as a different kind of marriage.

Watch a news report on the case from ABC Australia, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The court's coat of arms on the sign in the first photo seems to be supporting cross-species (kangaroo/emu) relationships.


    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Dec 3, 2013 8:28:59 AM

  2. Oh, this will get Tony Abbott's panties in a twist.

    Posted by: woody | Dec 3, 2013 8:54:19 AM

  3. There's absolutely nothing wrong w/ the appearance of the newscaster, but can you imagine someone like that getting air-time in the States?

    We've been 'Barbiefied' and don't even know it!

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Dec 3, 2013 9:13:18 AM

  4. Once the first couples are married, it is going to be well-nigh impossible to overturn their marriages. Once they are married, it will set the grounds for others to be married at a future date, even if this case goes against marriage equality. What is absolutely certain is that gay marriage will come to Australia, if not sooner, then, later.

    Posted by: RonCharles | Dec 3, 2013 4:20:39 PM

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