Australian court rejects Gay marriage

2013-12-13 01:26:30 | Al Muslim News
Australian court rejects Gay marriage

 

Australian high court struck down a landmark law that had begun allowing same sex marriages in Australia. The Federal Government had challenged the validity of the Capital Territory's law that had allowed same sex marriages in the capital Canberra and its surrounding area starting last Saturday. The Prime Minister is against gay marriage and the national Marriage Act was amended in 2004 to define weddings as 'between a man and a woman'. The lawyer of federal government had argued that having different marriage laws in various Australian states and territories would create confusion. The ACT, which passed the law in October, said it should stand because it governs couples outside the federal definition of marriage as being between members of the opposite sex. The High Court unanimously ruled that the ACT's law could not operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act, which was amended in 2004 to define marriage as between a man and a woman. "The Marriage Act does not now provide for the formation or recognition of marriage between same sex couples. The Marriage Act provides that a marriage can be solemnised in Australia only between a man and a woman," the court said in a statement issued alongside its ruling. "That Act is a comprehensive and exhaustive statement of the law of marriage.".

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