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Break out the rainbow bubbly, we’re the gay marriage Capital! (For now)

By johnboy - 22 October 2013 125

Shane Rattenbury has made it known that it’s gay marriage a go go in the ACT at least until the High Court weighs in:

Leader of the Australian Greens, Christine Milne joined ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury at the ACT Legislative Assembly today to celebrate the ACT becoming the first jurisdiction to legislate for same sex marriage.

“The passage of the Marriage Equality Bill is a landmark moment for this Assembly, for the ACT community, and for people across the nation who have been waiting so long to formalise their love through marriage but have been denied,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“Today the ACT, through the vote in this Assembly, says that we are a place that cares about people, cares about their human rights, and cares about equality and fairness.

“When you think about it, this is really a straightforward law expressing something that should be clear already. It simply says ‘love is love’, and the public and formal commitment of love is something that cannot, and should not, be restrained,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“I congratulate the ACT Assembly for this historic legislation. Last century discrimination has no place in our laws and the ACT is leading the way,” said Senator Milne.


UPDATE: Simon Corbell is getting in on the act:

People in a same sex relationship are now able to have their love and commitment to each other legally recognised in the same way that people in a heterosexual relationship are able to, after historic legislation was passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly today.

“Today’s Bill shows clearly and unambiguously that all people are entitled to respect, dignity, the right to participate in society and to receive the full protection of the law, regardless of sexual orientation,” Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.

“This Labor Government has consistently advocated and acted to remove discrimination in our community and the Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Bill is another key example of this work.

“The ACT Government is disappointed, but not deterred, by the Commonwealth’s intention to challenge the ACT’s authority to make this law but this law is no threat to the Commonwealth’s powers under the Constitution or to the institution of marriage,” Mr Corbell said.

The new law will commence in time for the first same-sex weddings to be held before the end of the year, despite the Commonwealth Government’s announcement that it will challenge the ACT law in the High Court.

Marriages under the Act will begin in the same way as other marriages — with a notice of intention tomarry, accompanied by evidence of identity and age, given to an authorised marriage celebrant.

Marriages under the Marriage Equality Act will be solemnised by authorised celebrants, on any day, at any time and at any place in the ACT.


UPDATE: Andrew Barr’s tear soaked speech is also now available.

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Break out the rainbow bubbly, we’re the gay marriage Capital! (For now)
Kodajj 2:56 pm 22 Oct 13

MERC600 said :

Couldn’t they have passed the hat around to help defray the cost for a bunch of high priced lawers the Assembly will need to fight it in the high court.

Social Justice always has a cost. It is a pity that the Federal Government feels that they must challenge this in the high court, and that the high priced lawyers are even needed.

Tooks 2:52 pm 22 Oct 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Hooray!! Next in line is the father who wants to marry his gay son, or the grandmother whose husband died and wants to marry her great grand-daughter. Honestly, do any of you people realize the consequences of this? What is borderline on becoming acceptable keeps on getting closer to incest.
Oh, wow, I was born with arms and legs instead of fins. I want to be legally declared a fish instead of a human being. Bugger, the law won’t let me change what I am into what I was supposed to be.
If you were born with a penis – you are a man. If you were born with a vagina, you are a woman. If you have fins you are a fish and feathers mean you are a bird. Created one way or another, we are who we are and if a majority of our population thinks for some reason we have all been born wrong, then I don’t think it is a freak of nature but some influential garbage from deviants that make try to this a popular thing to be involved in. C’mon, what exactly is there to celebrate in? What have they really achieved?

not sure how you link homosexuality to incest, but I look forward to your explanation.

Deref 2:49 pm 22 Oct 13

It’s great to see that, somewhere, there’s still a commitment to basic decency and equal human rights.

Very rarely do governments do something that I can support without any reservations. This is one such time. Well done, ACT government.

johnboy said :

The Vine has a great take on it:

“Speaking after the final vote, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher maintained that she was glad she did it. “The ACT has long been the most forward-thinking Parliament in this country and so we welcome our eternity of suffering at the hand of Abaddon, angel of the bottomless pit,” she said as the screams of the damned filled the air. “We are glad to offer as sacrifice the souls of our citizens. It seems, at least, a better alternative than a Coalition government.”

Response from the Devil was swift and violent, as sodomites and succubi from around the nation congregated on the steps of Parliament to pay tribute to the Great Deceiver and play overly loud disco music. A male reveller, holding hands with another man in direct contravention of the laws of Moses, exclaimed “Isn’t this wild? Me and Tyrone are going to get married wearing ostrich outfits because we’re in love!” The two men kissed and a nearby believer exploded in a ball of fire, leaving his distraught widow to moan, “Why do you gays hate us so much?” But her cries couldn’t be heard over the cheering as two elderly women married and promptly kidnapped her children. Which is obviously now legal.”

😀 Gold.

Zeital 2:48 pm 22 Oct 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Hooray!! Next in line is the father who wants to marry his gay son, or the grandmother whose husband died and wants to marry her great grand-daughter. Honestly, do any of you people realize the consequences of this? What is borderline on becoming acceptable keeps on getting closer to incest.
Oh, wow, I was born with arms and legs instead of fins. I want to be legally declared a fish instead of a human being. Bugger, the law won’t let me change what I am into what I was supposed to be.
If you were born with a penis – you are a man. If you were born with a vagina, you are a woman. If you have fins you are a fish and feathers mean you are a bird. Created one way or another, we are who we are and if a majority of our population thinks for some reason we have all been born wrong, then I don’t think it is a freak of nature but some influential garbage from deviants that make try to this a popular thing to be involved in. C’mon, what exactly is there to celebrate in? What have they really achieved?

Ugh its people like you who piss me off. marriage equality DOES NOT lead to incest and what other weird and wonderful sh*t you can come up with to justify the ‘consequence’ of today.

house_husband 2:46 pm 22 Oct 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Honestly, do any of you people realize the consequences of this?

That as a heterosexual male in a long term marriage whose life has been enriched by the involvement of many gay and lesbian friends and relatives they get the same legal recognition of their union as I do?

Kodajj 2:40 pm 22 Oct 13

Proud to be a Canberran today! An amazing step in achieving equality for same-sex attracted people within our country. By upholding, and defending discrimination within our legislation we further marginalise those who are most at risk of disadvantage and prejudice within our society… This is about social justice, and in turn human beings.

Woody Mann-Caruso 2:40 pm 22 Oct 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Created one way or another, we are who we are and if a majority of our population thinks for some reason we have all been born wrong, then I don’t think it is a freak of nature

*sniff*

Thank you, wildturkeycanoe, for your touching and insightful embrace of the LGBTI community. That was just beautiful. Truly, we are all who we are, and none of us freaks of nature.

dph 2:32 pm 22 Oct 13

Congratulations to basic human rights.

Cue the homophobia & insecurity police.

johnboy 2:32 pm 22 Oct 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Hooray!! Next in line is the father who wants to marry his gay son, or the grandmother whose husband died and wants to marry her great grand-daughter. Honestly, do any of you people realize the consequences of this? What is borderline on becoming acceptable keeps on getting closer to incest.
Oh, wow, I was born with arms and legs instead of fins. I want to be legally declared a fish instead of a human being. Bugger, the law won’t let me change what I am into what I was supposed to be.
If you were born with a penis – you are a man. If you were born with a vagina, you are a woman. If you have fins you are a fish and feathers mean you are a bird. Created one way or another, we are who we are and if a majority of our population thinks for some reason we have all been born wrong, then I don’t think it is a freak of nature but some influential garbage from deviants that make try to this a popular thing to be involved in. C’mon, what exactly is there to celebrate in? What have they really achieved?

Gosh, what a row of straw men.

In what possible way is this any nearer or further from incest?

wildturkeycanoe 2:26 pm 22 Oct 13

Hooray!! Next in line is the father who wants to marry his gay son, or the grandmother whose husband died and wants to marry her great grand-daughter. Honestly, do any of you people realize the consequences of this? What is borderline on becoming acceptable keeps on getting closer to incest.
Oh, wow, I was born with arms and legs instead of fins. I want to be legally declared a fish instead of a human being. Bugger, the law won’t let me change what I am into what I was supposed to be.
If you were born with a penis – you are a man. If you were born with a vagina, you are a woman. If you have fins you are a fish and feathers mean you are a bird. Created one way or another, we are who we are and if a majority of our population thinks for some reason we have all been born wrong, then I don’t think it is a freak of nature but some influential garbage from deviants that make try to this a popular thing to be involved in. C’mon, what exactly is there to celebrate in? What have they really achieved?

MERC600 2:20 pm 22 Oct 13

Couldn’t they have passed the hat around to help defray the cost for a bunch of high priced lawers the Assembly will need to fight it in the high court.

krome 2:09 pm 22 Oct 13

So, does the Mardi Gras take a detour down Northbourne now?

Postalgeek 1:45 pm 22 Oct 13

Well, given that we’re no longer the fireworks or porn capital of Australia, we had to do something different to the other territories and states.

HiddenDragon 12:28 pm 22 Oct 13
johnboy 12:06 pm 22 Oct 13

The Vine has a great take on it:

“Speaking after the final vote, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher maintained that she was glad she did it. “The ACT has long been the most forward-thinking Parliament in this country and so we welcome our eternity of suffering at the hand of Abaddon, angel of the bottomless pit,” she said as the screams of the damned filled the air. “We are glad to offer as sacrifice the souls of our citizens. It seems, at least, a better alternative than a Coalition government.”

Response from the Devil was swift and violent, as sodomites and succubi from around the nation congregated on the steps of Parliament to pay tribute to the Great Deceiver and play overly loud disco music. A male reveller, holding hands with another man in direct contravention of the laws of Moses, exclaimed “Isn’t this wild? Me and Tyrone are going to get married wearing ostrich outfits because we’re in love!” The two men kissed and a nearby believer exploded in a ball of fire, leaving his distraught widow to moan, “Why do you gays hate us so much?” But her cries couldn’t be heard over the cheering as two elderly women married and promptly kidnapped her children. Which is obviously now legal.”

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