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    Posted on 12 Dec 2013

    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.

    Many Australians were overjoyed.

    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.

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Aimee Caitlin

    @aimeecaitlin

    Currently ashamed to be Australian. #MarriageEquality #letsmovetoamerica

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    14.

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

    Mike Nicholson

    @Mikey_Nicholson

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

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    15.

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    / Via

    19.

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

    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

    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.

    Terry Masson

    @Tilaurin

    #marriageequality

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    22.

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

    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

    ❤️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

    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

    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

    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 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

    / Via

    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.

    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.

    / Via

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

    Richard Carroll

    @Richard_Carroll

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

    / Via

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

    Aaron Hewett

    @urbancreature

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

    / Via

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

    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.

    / Via

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

    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.

    / Via

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

    Sam Ryan

    @sjrwords

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

    / Via

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

    jrvk

    @kirikee

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

    / Via

    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

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

    / Via

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

    Clover Moore

    @CloverMoore

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

    / Via

    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.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

    / Via

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

    Anh Dang

    @AnhD79

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

    / Via

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

    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.

    / Via

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

    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

    / Via

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

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