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Abbott urged not to interfere with ACT gay marriage plans

Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been asked to reject calls for his government to intervene to block the Australian Capital Territory’s plans to legalize gay marriage.

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17th September 2013 03:14

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

Australian campaigners for marriage equality have asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott to respect the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government’s mandate to legislate for same-sex marriage if they want people to respect his mandate to govern.

Over the weekend the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) called on Abbott to block moves by the ACT Government to pass a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry within its borders, saying having same-sex couples marry at a state and territory level and opposite sex couples marry under federal law would be ‘nonsense.’

‘It’s in the Parliament’s interest to protect the constitution, the constitutional power for marriage,’ ACL managing director Lyle Shelton told The Australian newspaper.

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