Australia: Preventing gay and lesbian couples from marrying in the ACT cost taxpayers over $800k
The federal Government’s successful lawsuit against same-sex couples marrying in the ACT, has cost taxpayers over $800,000 (£435,000) in legal bills.
The cost comes as the Government successfully challenged the same-sex marriage law passed last year in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
As a consequence, the law was overturned, but a legislative hearing also heard on Monday that the ACT had also paid $500,000 ( ) in court costs to the Commonwealth Government.
It was also noted that bills for two non-government lawyers totalled $112,000 (£61,000) and other lawyers employed by the government cost $200,000 (£108,000).
Because of that decision, the ACT was ordered to pay court costs to the federal government.
Only 31 couples were able to marry before the law was overturned.
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