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26 Angry Reactions As Australia’s High Court Throws Out Same-Sex Marriages

Outrage. So much outrage.

On Saturday, 7 Dec., Australia’s first official same-sex weddings happened in the Australian Capital Territory.

Today, the High Court of Australia ruled that the Marriage Equality Act that allowed these couples to get married is invalid.


They unanimously decided that marriage is a matter of federal law, and the state-based Marriage Equality Act can’t operate alongside the federal Marriage Act, which currently defines marriage as between a man and woman. This means the dozens of same-sex marriages that have occurred in the past five days are now void.

Hundreds of people on Twitter have reacted with disappointment, disgust, and rage.

1.

Chris Tracey

@ctbne

Disappointed at the #marriageequality results. It was expected, but it feels like a kick in the guts

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2.

How disgusting of the High Court to overturn the ACT marriage equality bill. I forgot we are all Neanderthals... #MarriageEquality #SameLove

— BrookeBubs (@Brooke Simon)

Brooke Simon

@BrookeBubs

How disgusting of the High Court to overturn the ACT marriage equality bill. I forgot we are all Neanderthals… #MarriageEquality #SameLove

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3.

@TonyAbbottMHR Well I hope you're happy now that you've hurt so many people who only want their love recognised. #MarriageEquality

— mantc (@Chris M)

Chris M

@mantc

@TonyAbbottMHR Well I hope you’re happy now that you’ve hurt so many people who only want their love recognised. #MarriageEquality

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4.

Oh fuck off High Court and Abbott, you're disgraceful! #auspol #marriageequality

— epicdiremeerkat (@Tiffany B)

Tiffany B

@epicdiremeerkat

Oh fuck off High Court and Abbott, you’re disgraceful! #auspol #marriageequality

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5.

I don't get it! The sky didn't fall and world didn't end when those few people got married the other day. #marriageequality #progress

— BlalalaBeauty (@TRiSh)

TRiSh

@BlalalaBeauty

I don’t get it! The sky didn’t fall and world didn’t end when those few people got married the other day. #marriageequality #progress

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6.

Heartbroken for the precious couples who have had their marriages voided by Abbott's bigotry. #auspol #marriageequality

— BenjaminTJones1 (@Dr Benjamin T. Jones)

Dr Benjamin T. Jones

@BenjaminTJones1

Heartbroken for the precious couples who have had their marriages voided by Abbott’s bigotry. #auspol #marriageequality

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7.

What exactly is Abbott afraid of with relation to #MarriageEquality? Does he think Margie is going to run off and marry a woman?

— MikeCullen73 (@Mike Cullen)

Mike Cullen

@MikeCullen73

What exactly is Abbott afraid of with relation to #MarriageEquality? Does he think Margie is going to run off and marry a woman?

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8.

Sad day for those same-sex couple who got married in Canberra during the 5 day window. #marriageequality #lovewillwin #keepfighting

— SherrieBeaver (@Sherrie Beaver)

Sherrie Beaver

@SherrieBeaver

Sad day for those same-sex couple who got married in Canberra during the 5 day window. #marriageequality #lovewillwin #keepfighting

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9.

HIGH COURT/GOVERNMENT YOU ARE WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS. #MarriageEquality

— maddichip (@Maddi ✌)

Maddi ✌

@maddichip

HIGH COURT/GOVERNMENT YOU ARE WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS. #MarriageEquality

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10.

Hope your happy now @TonyAbbottMHR you fucking prick #MarriageEquality

— uncutaussie (@uncutaussie)

uncutaussie

@uncutaussie

Hope your happy now @TonyAbbottMHR you fucking prick #MarriageEquality

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11.

That sound you can hear is a Australia re-emerging into the 1940's... #holden #marriageEquality #NBN #auspol

— mwyres (@Michael Wyres)

Michael Wyres

@mwyres

That sound you can hear is a Australia re-emerging into the 1940’s… #holden #marriageEquality #NBN #auspol

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12.

Dear @TonyAbbottMHR, Please see the attached picture. Regards, Every gay taxpayer. #auspol #marriageequality

— leesieoh (@Two-wheeled Trollop)

Two-wheeled Trollop

@leesieoh

Dear @TonyAbbottMHR,

Please see the attached picture.

Regards,
Every gay taxpayer.

#auspol #marriageequality

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13.

Currently ashamed to be Australian. #MarriageEquality #letsmovetoamerica

— aimeecaitlin (@Aimee Caitlin)

Aimee Caitlin

@aimeecaitlin

Currently ashamed to be Australian. #MarriageEquality #letsmovetoamerica

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14.

Australia, for why? It's nearly 2014. #MarriageEquality

— Mikey_Nicholson (@Mike Nicholson)

Mike Nicholson

@Mikey_Nicholson

Australia, for why? It’s nearly 2014. #MarriageEquality

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15.

Oh, Australia. That's just cruel. #marriageequality

— ebryantnz (@Emma Bryant)

Emma Bryant

@ebryantnz

Oh, Australia. That’s just cruel. #marriageequality

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16.

Can the high court rule @TonyAbbottMHR invalid and remove him from the country? #auspol #MarriageEquality

— Oh_so_offensive (@Bill)

Bill

@Oh_so_offensive

Can the high court rule @TonyAbbottMHR invalid and remove him from the country? #auspol #MarriageEquality

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17.

Devastated and Pissed off! Australia is backward. I should have the same rights as everyone else #marriageequality #equal

— jmoconfidential (@Jonathon Moran)

Jonathon Moran

@jmoconfidential

Devastated and Pissed off! Australia is backward. I should have the same rights as everyone else #marriageequality #equal

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18.

So Abbott finally gets a win this week. Congrats, you voided a bunch of wedding vows, go pop some bubbly.. #MarriageEquality #auspol

— AlexeiPT (@Alexei T)

Alexei T

@AlexeiPT

So Abbott finally gets a win this week. Congrats, you voided a bunch of wedding vows, go pop some bubbly.. #MarriageEquality #auspol

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19.

Its kinda like saying that only white people can get married #MarriageEquality

— uncutaussie (@uncutaussie)

uncutaussie

@uncutaussie

Its kinda like saying that only white people can get married #MarriageEquality

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20.

The twitchy death throes of old men in wigs desperately nailing down the status quo in the middle of a hurricane #MarriageEquality

— markoshea75 (@Mark O'Shea)

Mark O’Shea

@markoshea75

The twitchy death throes of old men in wigs desperately nailing down the status quo in the middle of a hurricane #MarriageEquality

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21.

#marriageequality

— Tilaurin (@Terry Masson)

Terry Masson

@Tilaurin

#marriageequality

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22.

This day will forever known as 'Backwards day', as the High Court overruled #marriageequality.

— _claytona (@Adam Clayton)

Adam Clayton

@_claytona

This day will forever known as ‘Backwards day’, as the High Court overruled #marriageequality.

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23.

REALLY REALLY REALLY FUCKING PISSED OFF WITH THE HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA RIGHT NOW!!!!! YOU ARSEHOLES!!!!! #MarriageEquality #equal

— rosie6172 (@❤️ROSIE❤️)

❤️ROSIE❤️

@rosie6172

REALLY REALLY REALLY FUCKING PISSED OFF WITH THE HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA RIGHT NOW!!!!! YOU ARSEHOLES!!!!! #MarriageEquality #equal

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24.

Fuckin hell, I don't think I've ever been less proud to be Australian than today. #MarriageEquality

— mark606800 (@Mark Jamieson)

Mark Jamieson

@mark606800

Fuckin hell, I don’t think I’ve ever been less proud to be Australian than today. #MarriageEquality

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25.

@TonyAbbottMHR Congrats on defeating love- especially that love of your sisters! #MarriageEquality

— adamwtodd (@adamtodd)

adamtodd

@adamwtodd

@TonyAbbottMHR Congrats on defeating love- especially that love of your sisters! #MarriageEquality

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26. Here’s what said sister had to say:

Sad news that the ACT same-sex marriage law has been overturned. Focus now firmly on federal parliament #marriageequality #auspol

— resourcefultype (@Christine Forster)

Christine Forster

@resourcefultype

Sad news that the ACT same-sex marriage law has been overturned. Focus now firmly on federal parliament #marriageequality #auspol

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But some people looked on the bright side and focused on the fact that the High Court’s decision leaves the focus on federal law — and the need for change there.

high court may be unable to pass ACT marriage laws, but they've ruffled the feathers of parliament and the nation #MarriageEquality #auspol

— anna_fitz1 (@anna fitzgerald)

anna fitzgerald

@anna_fitz1

high court may be unable to pass ACT marriage laws, but they’ve ruffled the feathers of parliament and the nation #MarriageEquality #auspol

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Some will see the ACT decision as a loss, but it's just a clarification that same sex marriage is a matter for the federal parliament.

— scottsues (@Scottmas)

Scottmas

@scottsues

Some will see the ACT decision as a loss, but it’s just a clarification that same sex marriage is a matter for the federal parliament.

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Silver-lining: in order to declare #MarriageEquality a federal issue, High Court said constitution definition of marriage includes same-sex.

— Richard_Carroll (@Richard Carroll)

Richard Carroll

@Richard_Carroll

Silver-lining: in order to declare #MarriageEquality a federal issue, High Court said constitution definition of marriage includes same-sex.

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Technically, the High Court ruled in favour of #marriageequality... in that marriage should be legislated federally & thus equally 4 all.

— urbancreature (@Aaron Hewett)

Aaron Hewett

@urbancreature

Technically, the High Court ruled in favour of #marriageequality… in that marriage should be legislated federally & thus equally 4 all.

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Thank you to all couples who shared with us their love & commitment under the ACT #marriageequality law we will continue to stand by you.

— SimonCorbell (@Simon Corbell MLA)

Simon Corbell MLA

@SimonCorbell

Thank you to all couples who shared with us their love & commitment under the ACT #marriageequality law we will continue to stand by you.

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Dear twitter: today's HC ruling is actually a win for #MarriageEquality. No doubt now Constitution permits fed govt to pass SSM laws.

— jeremysear (@Jeremy Sear)

Jeremy Sear

@jeremysear

Dear twitter: today’s HC ruling is actually a win for #MarriageEquality. No doubt now Constitution permits fed govt to pass SSM laws.

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ACT took things two steps forward, despite surely knowing we'd take one step back today. Well done. #marriageequality

— sjrwords (@Sam Ryan)

Sam Ryan

@sjrwords

ACT took things two steps forward, despite surely knowing we’d take one step back today. Well done. #marriageequality

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implication from HC: all "types" of marriage are equal. this is a loud and clear message to Fed Government and Parliament #marriageequality

— kirikee (@jrvk)

jrvk

@kirikee

implication from HC: all “types” of marriage are equal. this is a loud and clear message to Fed Government and Parliament #marriageequality

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Many called for action — from the community and from the government.

Join us in asking Tony Abbott to allow Coalition members a conscience vote #MarriageEquality http://t.co/USxrrfwQFy

— GreensMPs (@GreensMPs)

GreensMPs

@GreensMPs

Join us in asking Tony Abbott to allow Coalition members a conscience vote #MarriageEquality http://t.co/USxrrfwQFy

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Frustrated by the High Court #marriageequality ruling? Talk to your Federal MP. Support @AMEQUALITY @GetUp. Let’s get these laws changed.

— CloverMoore (@Clover Moore)

Clover Moore

@CloverMoore

Frustrated by the High Court #marriageequality ruling? Talk to your Federal MP. Support @AMEQUALITY @GetUp. Let’s get these laws changed.

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High Court has made it clear that #marriageequality is a federal issue. NO MORE EXCUSES! Time for our federal MPs to make it happen #auspol

— samesame (@SameSame.com.au)

SameSame.com.au

@samesame

High Court has made it clear that #marriageequality is a federal issue. NO MORE EXCUSES! Time for our federal MPs to make it happen #auspol

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Time for @TonyAbbottMHR to step up and do what majority of Aussies agree with; allow same sex marriage! #marriageequality

— AnhD79 (@Anh Dang)

Anh Dang

@AnhD79

Time for @TonyAbbottMHR to step up and do what majority of Aussies agree with; allow same sex marriage! #marriageequality

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If you want change for #MarriageEquality best way is to change the government in #auspol Parliament. Or for Libs to allow conscience vote.

— tombaxter (@Tom Baxter)

Tom Baxter

@tombaxter

If you want change for #MarriageEquality best way is to change the government in #auspol Parliament. Or for Libs to allow conscience vote.

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So the states might not be able to bring in #MarriageEquality but the Feds have the power it seems. Time to saddle up! @GrahamPerrettMP

— madame_ff (@Chris McAlister)

Chris McAlister

@madame_ff

So the states might not be able to bring in #MarriageEquality but the Feds have the power it seems. Time to saddle up! @GrahamPerrettMP

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Marriage equality is now in the hands of the federal government.

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