Australia High Court returned its verdict on the marriage equality law of Canberra, a city and state having its own laws like an American state. The Court has ruled that the federal law prevails on the state law and has, consequently, cancelled the law and all the marriages of the same-sex couples performed these last days.
"The Marriage Act does not now provide for the formation or recognition of marriage between same sex couples. The Marriage Act provides that a marriage can be solemnised in Australia only between a man and a woman," the court said in a statement issued alongside its ruling. "That Act is a comprehensive and exhaustive statement of the law of marriage."
Thus the same-sex marriage law could be only approved by the federal government of Australia but Prime Minister Tony Abbott could offer a free vote to the legislators.
According to Bloomberg, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal Party, which leads a coalition government with the smaller National Party, will probably let legislators vote however they choose on the issue.
"The Liberal Party and the Coalition generally should allow a free vote on the issue of same-sex marriage, or marriage equality, and I support that," Turnbull said in an interview with Sky News. "I think it is likely that we will, but as Tony Abbott has said, it’s a decision for the party room and not for him."
And Tanya Plibersek, deputy leader of the opposition Labor Party, planned to introduce a marriage equality bill to the legislators if the free vote is allowed by the Prime Minister.
It still remains hope, like always.