12 Dec 2013

High Court to rule on same-sex marriages

7:10 am on 12 December 2013

The High Court in Australia is to rule on Thursday on the validity of same-sex marriages in the ACT.

Fifteen couples tied the knot in Canberra on Saturday after Australia's first same-sex marriage law came into effect that day, and there have been more weddings since then.

But while the ACT is confident of its laws, AAP reports there is still a chance the High Court could rule that the Marriage Equality Act passed by the territory in October, is at odds with Commonwealth law and therefore invalid.

The ACT government said last weekend that 47 couples had registered an intent to marry under the new law.