Australia's High Court Strikes Down Marriage Equality In Canberra; Same-Sex Marriages To Be Annulled
Australia's brief foray into same-sex marriage has ended. The nation's Supreme Court struck down same-sex marriage, which was briefly legalized in Canberra, also known as the Australian Capital Territory.
This was in contrast to Australia's federal law, which does not give same-sex couples the right to marry.
For five days, same-sex couples could get married in Australia's capital city of Canberra. Those who did were the first in the country to do so.
But that fleeting window was slammed shut Thursday by the Australian High Court, which ruled that a recent local law legalizing same-sex marriage was invalid.
That means that the marriages of the couples who took advantage of the law to tie the knot -- 27 according to local media -- will be annulled.
"This is devastating for those couples who married this week and for their families," said Rodney Croome, the national director of the advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality. "However, this is just a temporary defeat."
Australian gay rights activists said their fight would now shift to lobbying the national parliament to change federal legislation.
It's particularly sad and disheartening to see couples legally marry only to have their unions dissolved based on the whim of the court. We hope the lobbying efforts of marriage equality activists at the federal level prove to be successful.