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Australian High Court overturns state law on same sex marriage

In October 2013, the state legislature of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) had passed legislation allowing for same sex marriages. The law allowed same sex couples from all over Australia to be married in ACT. In 2004, The Federal government had passed legislation defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The High Court held unanimously that the ACT law could not stand alongside the national law that had already been passed. It stated that the national legislation as it stands only allows for marriage between a man and a woman.

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