Ivan Hinton (R) and Chris Teoh (L), with marriage celebrant Roger Munson (top-C), are married at Canberra's Old Parliament House on December 7, 2013.
Ivan Hinton (R) and Chris Teoh (L), with marriage celebrant Roger Munson (top-C), are married at Canberra's Old Parliament House on December 7, 2013. AAP/AFP Andrew Taylor

Same-Sex couple able to live in wedded-bliss: for now

THE same-sex couples who tied the knot in the Australian Capital Territory on the weekend are now able to live in wedded bliss - at least for another four days.

The ACT legislation allowing these marriages came into use on Saturday, with up to 20 couples including a West Australian MP taking advantage.

However, the Federal Government is in the midst of challenging the validity of the state laws in the High Court, which is due to make a decision on Thursday.

That fight centres on whether the ACT laws - which are designed to sit alongside the federal marriage laws - are valid, or whether such legislation can only be put in place by the Commonwealth.

The ACT government will also argue that as a territory, it has the capacity to create laws able to act in parallel with federal laws, unlike other states.


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