The state party is also under an obligation to take steps to prevent similar violations in the future and to review its laws in accordance with the present views."It made the point that Australian law allows people who entered into a polygamous marriage overseas to divorce, yet does not give the same right to same-sex couples.
Polygamy is when a man is married to more than one wife at a time and is banned in Australia.
The Act coincided with a defining moment in Australia’s social development …
Australia was finally poised for progressive social change.
The hearing itself lasted just minutes and was remarkably routine.
It also made sexual harassment illegal for the first time in Australia and set up the Office of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner.Rodney Croome, a spokesman for LGBTI advocacy group Just Equal, said case shows banning same-sex marriage is also a breach of human rights."At the heart of this decision is that Australia has an obligation, an international obligation to treat same-sex couples equally before the law and particularly to give them equal protection of the law," Mr Croome said.He said Australia is now the only developed English speaking country that does not allow same-sex marriage.Pell entered the small courtroom dressed in a black suit, face devoid of expression as he took a seat behind his legal team.He said nothing during the hearing, or to the hordes of journalists who swarmed around him as he left the courthouse.