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.
Disappointed at the #marriageequality results. It was expected, but it feels like a kick in the guts
How disgusting of the High Court to overturn the ACT marriage equality bill. I forgot we are all Neanderthals… #MarriageEquality #SameLove
@TonyAbbottMHR Well I hope you’re happy now that you’ve hurt so many people who only want their love recognised. #MarriageEquality
Oh fuck off High Court and Abbott, you’re disgraceful! #auspol #marriageequality
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
Dr Benjamin T. Jones
Heartbroken for the precious couples who have had their marriages voided by Abbott’s bigotry. #auspol #marriageequality
What exactly is Abbott afraid of with relation to #MarriageEquality? Does he think Margie is going to run off and marry a woman?
Sad day for those same-sex couple who got married in Canberra during the 5 day window. #marriageequality #lovewillwin #keepfighting
HIGH COURT/GOVERNMENT YOU ARE WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS. #MarriageEquality
Hope your happy now @TonyAbbottMHR you fucking prick #MarriageEquality
That sound you can hear is a Australia re-emerging into the 1940’s… #holden #marriageEquality #NBN #auspol
Please see the attached picture.
Every gay taxpayer.
Currently ashamed to be Australian. #MarriageEquality #letsmovetoamerica
Australia, for why? It’s nearly 2014. #MarriageEquality
Oh, Australia. That’s just cruel. #marriageequality
Can the high court rule @TonyAbbottMHR invalid and remove him from the country? #auspol #MarriageEquality
Devastated and Pissed off! Australia is backward. I should have the same rights as everyone else #marriageequality #equal
So Abbott finally gets a win this week. Congrats, you voided a bunch of wedding vows, go pop some bubbly.. #MarriageEquality #auspol
Its kinda like saying that only white people can get married #MarriageEquality
The twitchy death throes of old men in wigs desperately nailing down the status quo in the middle of a hurricane #MarriageEquality
This day will forever known as ‘Backwards day’, as the High Court overruled #marriageequality.
REALLY REALLY REALLY FUCKING PISSED OFF WITH THE HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA RIGHT NOW!!!!! YOU ARSEHOLES!!!!! #MarriageEquality #equal
Fuckin hell, I don’t think I’ve ever been less proud to be Australian than today. #MarriageEquality
@TonyAbbottMHR Congrats on defeating love- especially that love of your sisters! #MarriageEquality
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
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
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.
Silver-lining: in order to declare #MarriageEquality a federal issue, High Court said constitution definition of marriage includes same-sex.
Technically, the High Court ruled in favour of #marriageequality… in that marriage should be legislated federally & thus equally 4 all.
Simon Corbell MLA
Thank you to all couples who shared with us their love & commitment under the ACT #marriageequality law we will continue to stand by you.
Dear twitter: today’s HC ruling is actually a win for #MarriageEquality. No doubt now Constitution permits fed govt to pass SSM laws.
ACT took things two steps forward, despite surely knowing we’d take one step back today. Well done. #marriageequality
implication from HC: all “types” of marriage are equal. this is a loud and clear message to Fed Government and Parliament #marriageequality
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
Frustrated by the High Court #marriageequality ruling? Talk to your Federal MP. Support @AMEQUALITY @GetUp. Letâ€™s get these laws changed.
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
Time for @TonyAbbottMHR to step up and do what majority of Aussies agree with; allow same sex marriage! #marriageequality
If you want change for #MarriageEquality best way is to change the government in #auspol Parliament. Or for Libs to allow conscience vote.
So the states might not be able to bring in #MarriageEquality but the Feds have the power it seems. Time to saddle up! @GrahamPerrettMP