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Australian Capital Territory legalises equal marriage

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  1. Colin (London) 22 Oct 2013, 10:12am

    I’ve just read it’s been passed with amendments. What wonderful news.
    Go Australia go…..I knew it would happen…Now boys and girls get married and show your great country that you are no threat to them…We gay people add massively to society.
    Now prepare for the Government Bill as they try to change this.
    Well done Katy Gallagher and many many others.

  2. Well done, you progressive Capital Territorites! If only Australia’s central government would stop being backward and so childishly tied to the apron-strings of religion.

  3. As long as they only allow people who are assigned one of two out of three possible gender markers to marry and explicitly exclude people who opt for the X mark because it best fits their identity it is NOT EQUAL.

  4. Jock S. Trap 22 Oct 2013, 10:44am

    Excellent news, well done Australian Capital Territories.

    Now Mr Abbott… keep your dirty nose out out of progression!

    Big question is can Abbott keep denying the rest of Australia?

    No is no reason why, apart from his own bigotry and discrimination.

  5. bobbleobble 22 Oct 2013, 11:22am

    Abbott is determined that this law be shot down. This is going to court although the hope is that marriages start before the court can make a ruling. Abbott’s argument is that Australian marriage laws should be uniform and therefore the federal marriage act makes the ACT’s act null and void. The argument on our side is that the federal marriage act only applies to straight people and it is therefore up to each state or territory to decide whether to extend marriage to non-straight couples. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

    Of course if the court rules in our favour then Abbott may well try to change the federal marriage act so that it applies to everyone thereby again making this act void. It’s not clear whether he’d have the votes to do this though.

    However, Abbott did say that SSM was not an important issue when he came to power. Seems that doesn’t apply when it comes to making sure that gay people don’t get equal rights.

    1. I note you use the phrase “non-straight couples”. I think I’m going to start using “gay” and “non-gay” as this defaults to us being the ‘norm’ rather than the other way around :)

  6. Bonzer! :)

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 22 Oct 2013, 12:22pm

    Well done, ACT! Welcome to the growing fold of marriage equality. I hope Abbott doesn’t pull a fast one by filing an appeal before the first marriages take place.

    To digress, we in England and Wales must be vigilant because Tory MP Peter Bone’s referendum bill is to get a second reading on 29th November 2013 to delay implementation of our own marriage bill, in fact to repeal it Let’s hope it fails, massively.

  8. If Abbott put as much effort into starting legislation as opposed to stopping or repealing it, just like the LNP in Queensland, then we would have a different outcome

  9. Don’t want to sound pessimistic, but this isn’t equal marriage. the Marriage Act hasn’t been amended. Its a new law with loads of compromises to appears the God fearers and bigots. Also, this is only for gays, and will be ripped down by Abbott’s new Federal government.

  10. Mohamed Salieu Kamara 23 Oct 2013, 6:21pm

    Every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunities, equal dignity. Without discrimination, regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual preference or social status. When you were born, you were born with the same human rights as everyone else. You have the right to live; you were born free and equal to have freedom and choice of your religion and the freedom of expression. All men and women are created equal…

    We all fight over what the label ‘feminism’ means but for me it’s about empowerment. It’s not about being more powerful than men – it’s about having equal rights with protection, support, justice.

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