Renee Pilcher

Rainbow Day for ACT as gay marriage bill becomes law

THE ACT has been declared the "rainbow territory'' after the Legislative Assembly passed a bill to establish Australia's first same-sex marriage scheme.

To thunderous applause from the public gallery, the single-chamber Parliament voted to approve a marriage equality law by eight votes to seven on Tuesday.

Under the law, same-sex couples from across Australia will be able to marry in Australia by the end of the year.

The Federal Government plans to challenge the constitutionality of the bill in the High Court of Australia.

Read more at The Canberra Times