Court sets start for ACT gay marriage case

The Commonwealth's High Court challenge to ACT same-sex marriage laws will get its first hearing just days after the legislation passed.

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The High Court will hold a directions hearing on the Commonwealth's challenge to ACT same-sex marriage laws on Friday.

The Commonwealth lodged its objection to the laws on Wednesday, a day after they passed the ACT Legislative Assembly.

It wants an expedited hearing so a decision can be made before the first marriages happen in early December.

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The Commonwealth argues the ACT law is inconsistent with the federal Marriage Act and Family Law Act.

But the ACT government says it has created a separate form of marriage for same sex couples capable of operating in parallel with the federal laws.


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Published 24 October 2013 at 11:32am
Source: AAP