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Australian campaign for same-sex marriage says High Court challenge does not scare them

The Australian campaign for the legalization of same-sex marriage has responded to Attorney-General George Brandis threat to challenge the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) marriage equality bill, saying they have confidence in the legislation and that the High Court threat will only encourage more couples to get married sooner.\n

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12th October 2013 12:17

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

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.’

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