By Andrew Potts on gaystarnews.com
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Australia’s highest court will not hand down its ruling on the Australian Government’s challenge to a same-sex marriage law in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) until after same-sex couples have begun marrying in that jurisdiction.
Same-sex couples will be able to begin marrying in the ACT on Saturday and the court has scheduled to hand down its ruling five days after that, allowing a window in which dozens of Australian same-sex couples are likely to wed.
It was feared the court would rule on the matter before Saturday, preventing any couples from marrying before it handed down its decision.
Campaigners for marriage equality in Australia are hopeful that the court’s decision to hold back its ruling until after couples begin marrying is in some way indicative of how the High Court judges will lean on the matter.
Australian Marriage Equality (AME) national director Rodney Croome welcomed what will be the first same-sex relationships legally recognized as marriages in Australia.
‘This will be a great day for same-sex couples, their families and all Australians who support this important reform,’ Croome said.
‘Australian same-sex partners will be able to marry the person they love in the country they love. Regardless of the High Court’s final decision, the entire nation will witness the profound love and commitment same-sex couples share.’
Croome also welcomed the Australian Government admitting for the first time that it had the constitutional power to enact laws for same-sex marriages in making its case against state and territory ones.
‘There has been a question mark over the federal government’s constitutional power to legislate for same-sex marriages, but because Australian Marriage Equality was able to put this issue on the table the federal government conceded it does have the power to act in this area,’ Croome said.
This appears to be the first time the Australian Government has made such an admission.
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British Olympic diver Tom Daley came out as bisexual this week and tabloids are now claiming that he’s dating Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
A friend of the sportsman allegedly told The Sun: “He’s besotted with Dustin. They love each other and aren’t concerned what anyone says about age difference.”
“Dustin is very proud of Tom for making such a powerful statement about his sexuality. “They are officially in a long term relationship and are talking about having a future together.”
According to tabloid reports, the pair were introduced at the Soho hotel in London this summer. Daley has apparently been flying between London and Los Angeles ever since. Black won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Milk, the 2008 biopic on California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk.
Daley received many vicious homophobic comments online when he revealed that he is bi.
Israel’s President Shimon Peres has come out for same-sex marriage, Ynet reports:
In an interview with Ynet on Sunday while in Mexico’s Guadalajara, Peres said that “even a person who is a homosexual is a human being, and he has rights. We have no power to take away (their) rights.”
Peres added: “We cannot take away someone’s rights because they are different. We cannot take away their right to breathe, right to eat or right to start a family. We must allow everyone to live as is natural to them.”
Peres’ comments came in response to a new bill being promoted by the Justice Ministry called “Living together,” which attempts to regulate some form of a civil partnership between same-sex couples.
An additional bill, being promoted by MK Stav Shaffir (Labor) and which attempt to secure equal marriage rights to same-sex couples, failed to make it through the committee a few weeks ago. Yesh Atid filed a party-supported initiative to regulate same-sex as well as civil (as opposed to religiously ordained) marriage in Israel. The gist of the bill was an attempt to form a civilian version of the rabbinate which would offer state-sanctioned civilian marriage services.