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ACT blinking on Gay Marriage

By johnboy - 21 October 2013 28

The ABC reports that Simon Corbell’s legal advice on gay marriage is looking Notso Hotso and the Chief Minister is muttering about amendments:

Ms Gallagher has signalled the bill could be amended during tomorrow’s debate in the Legislative Assembly.

“We’re certainly looking at it and the Attorney-General and I have had some discussions over the weekend, and there’s a little bit more discussions to be had,” she said.

The ABC’s fact check unit thinks Simon has screwed the pooch:

When ABC Fact Check last looked at state laws on same-sex marriage, it found the issue to be a lawyer’s picnic. A challenge to the ACT laws looks equally tasty for the legal community.

However, the ACT bill has some problems and its long-term prospects are doubtful. A rethink may be needed if the ACT wants to persuade the High Court that a same-sex marriage law can operate concurrently with the Commonwealth Marriage Act.

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ACT blinking on Gay Marriage
johnboy 3:31 pm 21 Oct 13

It is, no doubt, an entirely metaphorical dog.

But having told us how ironclad his legal advice was things are not looking good.

bikhet 3:28 pm 21 Oct 13

Oh, and I hope that JB’s comment that “Simon has screwed the pooch” was a lapsus calami, else he will raise the whole bestiality side-show again.

bikhet 3:22 pm 21 Oct 13

The proposed changes will not satisfy anyone, except the government and the lawyers.

Those opposed to gay marriage will obviously not be satisfied by it.

Those who support gay marriage won’t be satisfied by it either, as it will be separate from marriage between heterosexual couples. Does anyone else remember “Separate but equal?”

CrocodileGandhi 2:56 pm 21 Oct 13

I wonder how many people at the time thought that there were better things to spend money and time on than allowing women or indigenous people to vote.

PBO 2:51 pm 21 Oct 13

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

EVERY TIME A GUBMINT LOYA GIVES ADVICE ABOUT GAY MARIJ A BABY DIES IN TEh EMERGENCY WARD

EVERY TIME A GUMINT LOYER GIVS ADVYCE ABOUT GAY MARIJ, AN ENOSENT RODE WORKA CATCHZ TEH AIEDS!

And it will just get worse…lol.

Why is this such a bigger issue than it should be, let them get married so they can suffer in equality like the rest of us…….

housebound 2:36 pm 21 Oct 13

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

EVERY TIME A GUBMINT LOYA GIVES ADVICE ABOUT GAY MARIJ A BABY DIES IN TEh EMERGENCY WARD

Even the most rabid extremist wouldn’t usually find a one-to-one correlative relationship like that. Not to mention using a grieving family who has recently lost their baby as a political football.

Woody Mann-Caruso 2:20 pm 21 Oct 13

EVERY TIME A GUBMINT LOYA GIVES ADVICE ABOUT GAY MARIJ A BABY DIES IN TEh EMERGENCY WARD

morticia 1:41 pm 21 Oct 13

I see a lot more taxpayers money spent on expensive barristers, good luck with reducing hospital waiting times when we’re out of cash.

pierce 1:36 pm 21 Oct 13

This is an interesting spin on the issue – everything that I’ve read indicates that the ACT government is simply making it clear in the law that this relates only to marriage for same-sex couples so that there is less opportunity to slap the law down for contradicting federal marriage law which is specifically between a man and a woman.

Surely it makes sense that a government interested in passing and protecting a law would take every measure possible to present the best possible version of that law.

Robertson 1:24 pm 21 Oct 13

I think it’s sad that the people who should be providing public education, healthcare, roads and water & sewerage are apparently at such a loose end they can devote the time (and our money) to playing these stupid political games with issues that are none of their business.

damien haas 12:57 pm 21 Oct 13

I think it is sad that the homosexual community are being used in wedge politics.

thebrownstreak69 12:54 pm 21 Oct 13

Does anyone else see that under the ‘recommended for you’ section at the bottom (hee hee) of the Canberra Times story is a link to another story called ‘Miss my arse’?

Passing judgement much? What about our sisters in the fight, whay aren’t their needs being addressed? It’s a Human Rights issue.

PantsMan 12:16 pm 21 Oct 13
PantsMan 12:07 pm 21 Oct 13

I’m pretty sure that there is a basic constitutional concept called “covering the field” in which all State/Territory legislation touching upon a particular area is invalid because one cannot one cannot obey both laws at the one time, or because one law purports to confer a right that other purports to take away.

But the ACT Government knows better?

Don’t check with someone who knows Simon, spend $15 million of our money making a d%ck of yourself.

CrocodileGandhi 11:57 am 21 Oct 13

I don’t see this as being a problem. Surely they just need to take on whatever advice is offered and amend it in a manner that will give it the best chance of standing up to a challege. If after these amendments it still doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, then we know that this is an issue that is completely in the Federal domain and pursue it there. until then, they should do whatever they can to try and get it up here.

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