For five days, same-sex couples could get married in Australia's capital city of Canberra. Those who did were the first in the country to do so. But that fleeting window was slammed shut Thursday by the Australian High Court, which ruled that a recent local law legalizing same-sex marriage was invalid. That means that the marriages of the couples who took advantage of the law to tie the knot -- 27 according to local media -- will be annulled.
"This is devastating for those couples who married this week and for their families," said Rodney Croome, the national director of the advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality. "However, this is just a temporary defeat."
Some people are asking, "Why is the Australian legislature so anti-gay?"
To which my reply is, "Didn't you ever watch 'Monty Python' you daft dingoes?!"