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Gay-marriage bill introduced in Australian Capital Territory

CANBERRA, Australia -- Gay and lesbian Canberrans and their supporters cheered as the ACT took the first steps to becoming the first Australian jurisdiction to allow same-sex marriage.

Darlene Cox and Liz Holcombe were the first lesbian couple in the territory to have their relationship recognized under the territory's 2009 civil union laws.

Now they're hoping to be among the first to get married.

"We love each other, we've built a life together and will continue to build our relationship," Ms. Cox told AAP.

"Marriage is, for us, an important part of that."

"The community sentiment is there."

But the jubilation could be short-lived, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott indicating his coalition government would consider repealing the ACT legislation.

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