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Australia: High Court Strikes Down Territory’s Same-Sex Marriage Law

(Dec. 19, 2013) On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is invalid because it is inconsistent with the federal Marriage Act 1961. (The Commonwealth of Australia v. The Australian Capital Territory [2013] HCA […]

New Zealand: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed

(Apr. 18, 2013) On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., Same-Sex Marriage Law Passed, THE <?NEW ZEALAND HERALD (Apr. 17, 2013).) The bill amends the Marriage Act 1955 to add a definition of “marriage” that states that […]

Australia: Australian Parliament Votes Down Two Marriage Equality Bills

(Sept. 26, 2012) On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012; Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012, Parliament of Australia website (last visited Sept. 24, 2012).) This action followed a vote taken on […]

New Zealand: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes First Vote

(Aug. 30, 2012) On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the country. (John Hartevelt, Bill Passes First Reading, STUFF.CO.NZ (Aug. 29, 2012).) The 80-40 vote in favor of the bill means that it will now be referred […]

United States: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Held Unconstitutional in California

(May 2, 2008) On May 15, 2008 the California Supreme Court ruled that provisions in the state’s marriage statutes disallowing same-sex marriages violate the California Constitution. The opinion arose from six consolidated proceedings involving the City of San Francisco’s issuance of marriage licenses to gay couples during a period in 2004. The issuance of such […]