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High Court Nudges Australia Closer to Marriage Equality

By Holly Ritson

University of Adelaide and CIGJ, ANU

Photo: Mktp's photostream,

Photo: Mktp’s photostream,

The High Court yesterday handed down its unanimous and expeditious decision on the invalidity of the ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013.

While there was understandable disappointment in the court’s declaration that the act, and any marriages solemnised under it, are of no effect, the court has delivered a judgment that should provide cause for celebration for equal marriage advocates, and those of us who enjoy a novel interpretation of a constitutional provision. Continue Reading →