Australian court rejects law allowing gay marriage

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Associated Press

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 12 at 2:33 AM

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's highest court has thrown out a fledgling law that had begun allowing the country's first gay marriages just days ago.

The High Court's ruling Thursday means that more than two dozen same-sex newlyweds will see their marriages annulled less than a week after their weddings.

The federal government had challenged the validity of the Australian Capital Territory's law that had made gay marriage legal in the nation's capital and its surrounding area starting last Saturday.

The federal government's lawyer had argued that having different marriage laws in various Australian states and territories would create confusion. The ACT, which passed the law in October, said it should stand because it governs couples outside the federal definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman.

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