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Australian government asks high court to overturn marriage law in ACT

CANBERRA, Australia -- As expected, Australia's federal government has sued to overturn the same-gender marriage law approved Tuesday by the Parliament of the Australian Capital Territory, or ACT.

Australia's new Prime Minister Tony Abbott opposes marriage equality and he ordered the government to challenge the new law to the High Court of Australia.

No hearing date has been announced, but the government urged the high court to expediate the case. Skynews.com reported this:

The writ documents say the ACT Marriage Equality (Same-Sex) Act 2013, which passed the ACT legislative assembly on Tuesday, is inconsistent with the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961.

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