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.