News State ACT High Court case on same-sex marriage laws to begin today

High Court case on same-sex marriage laws to begin today

The Federal Government's challenge to the ACT's same-sex marriage laws will go before the High Court today.
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The Federal Government’s challenge to the ACT’s same-sex marriage laws will go before the High Court today.

The ACT on Tuesday became the first jurisdiction in Australia to pass laws legalising same-sex marriages.

But the Federal Government is challenging the legislation in the High court, arguing it is not consistent with the Commonwealth Marriage Act.

The Commonwealth is seeking an expedited hearing to prevent same sex couples from marrying in Canberra in early December.

The matter is set down for a High Court directions hearing this afternoon.

The ACT Government is considering further changes to the law to strengthen its case.

It has been suggested the legislation should be altered to make it consistent with proposed laws in New South Wales and Tasmania.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned anyone planning to marry under the new laws to wait for the High Court to rule whether the legislation is valid.