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Mass gay wedding planned in Australia ahead of court fight

CANBERRA, Australia -- Gay and lesbian couples are planning to join in on a mass same-gender marriage ceremony on Dec. 7 as the Australian government plans a court fight to stop the nuptials.

ACT, the territory encompassing the nation's capital of Canberra, legalized marriage equality this week and the new law was immediately challenged to the High Court of Australia.

Today, the High Court resisted government efforts to expedite the case and adjourned the matter until Nov. 4. Australian media are reporting that hearing now are most likely to be set in early December.

Meanwhile, Ivan Hinton of Australian Marriage Equality told the media that 800 couples have already pledged to get married during a mass ceremony. Hinton proposed to his partner, Chris Teoh, during a news conference called after ACT passed the marriage law.