The Australian Capital Territory parliament passed a bill in October 2013 that made the territory the first part of Australia to legalize marriage equality. In Canberra, 31 couples were married over a five-day period once the law went into effect, from December 7-12, 2013. But the national government challenged the decision, saying it was inconsistent with Australian federal laws. And Australia's High Court overturned the legislation making all the couples' unions invalid.
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