A law making gay marriage legal in Australia has been repealed by the High Court.

In October, a law was passed by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) parliament, which allowed same-sex couples to marry in ACT, which includes the country's capital, Canberra. 

The law came into effect just last weekend, and in that time almost 30 couples have been able to tie the knot.

However, yesterday, the High Court ruled that the law was not consistent with federal laws, nor could it stand up to national level laws, and it has been reversed.

This means the marriages that took place in that time are no longer valid, and the couples are not considered to be married.

Ivan Hinton and his partner Chris Teoh, were two people who married last Saturday under the ACT legislation. Hinton tearfully told reporters: 'In less than a week we've been married and we've been unmarried, at least on a legal level.'

But as the first people in Australia allowed to do so, Hinto recognised it was still 'an unprecedented and historic opportunity. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.’

For now, Australian MPs and members of the public who are pro same-sex marriage are rallying together to get the Federal Government and Federal Parliament to allow the bill to pass.

By Olivia Marks

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