- December 3, 2013
Post submitted by Jane WothayaThirikwa, HRC Global Engagement Fellow
Though a ruling from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) as to whether marriage equality stands isn’t expected until next week, weddings for same-sex couples will begin this weekend in Australia’s capital, Canberra.
The Marriage Equality Same-Sex Act, which passed ACT Parliament in October, allows same-sex couples to wed inside of the Australian Capital Territory.
The Australian federal government immediately opposed the same-sex marriage law, arguing that it violates the Commonwealth Marriage Act and the Family Law Act, which specifies that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
The ACT government argues that the federal law thus only deals with heterosexual marriage, leaving the self-governing territories room to pass laws on different forms of marriage.
A majority of Australians – 52 percent – support same-sex marriage, according to Australia’s ABC.
The High Court is expected to deliver its ruling on December 12th.