Australian territory passes first same-sex marriage law

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October 22, 2013 06:46

 
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SYDNEY- The Australian Capital Territory became the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalise same-sex marriage with a bill passing the ACT parliament by just one vote on Tuesday.

Under the law, same-sex couples from across Australia will be able to marry in the ACT, which includes the national capital Canberra, after giving four weeks notice.

Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory Katy Gallagher told parliament that there was "no longer any excuse if there ever was to discriminate against same sex couples in our community".

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