Just after midnight on Friday night, the first ever legally recognised same sex marriages took place on Australian soil. The Australian Capital Territory, a tiny little slice of Australia created because no one could decide if Sydney or Melbourne should be the capital of the country, passed a same sex marriage bill and this weekend it went into effect. The only problem is that the Federal Government has challenged it in the High Court. What other developed country, otherwise known for being progressive, has done this kind of backward thinking, nasty, hate filled kind of thing? None.
The High Court heard arguments on both sides last week but has decided to stay its ruling until this Thursday which means that the 20 or so same sex weddings being held this weekend could be all over and annulled less than a week after they were celebrated. That’s way less than your average religiously approved Kardashian wedding. The problem with the A.C.T’s legislation is that it is specifically for Same Sex marriages so it is a kind of same-but-equal marriage but it’s a foot in the door. What has proved very encouraging is the public and media reaction to Tony Abbott’s government challenging it. My impression is that it’s being seen as a nasty and unnecessary waste of time.
The question I’m yet to see an answer to is around the validity or recognition of these marriages federally. Our system doesn’t recognise same sex marriages performed out of Australia but I don’t know if they are recognised because they are performed on Austalian soil. Who knows?