Australian campaigners for marriage equality have said that the Australian Government’s plans to challenge the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) law allowing same-sex couples to marry will only prompt a flood of couples marrying in the territory.
‘The Federal Government’s plans do not come as a surprise. We are confident the law would survive a high court challenge,’ Australian Marriage Equality Deputy Director Ivan Hinton said.
‘This is based on the legal advice of constitutional experts, the ACT Solictor-General’s opinion, the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into same-sex marriage, and the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute report. The only thing that is unclear is what is the basis of the Federal Governments challenge, with no legal advice or information being provided for scrutiny.’