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Lisa Cox

Lisa Cox is a national political reporter covering breaking news and the environment. Most recently Lisa covered the ACT Legislative Assembly for The Canberra Times.

Commonwealth challenge to same-sex marriage laws hearing in High Court

Christopher Knaus and Lisa Cox The stoush over the ACT’s same-sex marriage laws, dubbed a ‘‘David and Goliath battle’’ by the territory, appeared in the High Court for the first time on Friday.

Same-sex marriage laws could be amended ahead of High Court legal challenge

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

Lisa Cox The ACT government has signaled it could make even more changes to its same-sex marriage law before a federal government challenge to the act is heard by the High Court.

Couples reject delays to marriage

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The ACT Passes the same sex marriage bill. Nathan Thomas and Maikol Nobrega from Sydney at the ACT Legislative of Assembly after the bill was passed.
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Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times

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Peter Jean, Lisa Cox Same-sex couples will defy advice from the PM to delay getting married in Canberra until the High Court has tested the validity of the ACT's new marriage law.

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Rainbow territory sealed with a kiss

Julie Maynard and Frances Bodel, from Belconnen, celebrate in the public gallery after the same-sex marriage bill is passed. Photo: Rohan Thomson,

Peter Jean and Lisa Cox Australia's first legally recognised same-sex weddings could take place as early as December.

"A blubbering mess": Couple celebrates historic bill

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The ACT Passes the same sex marriage bill. Claire Worrall and Kelly Butcher from Canberra who plan to get married.
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Lisa Cox At a Canberra club, four years ago, Kelly Butcher was “just doing some karaoke” when she met the love of her life.

ACT passes same sex marriage bill

Andrew Barr.

Peter Jean and Lisa Cox The ACT has been declared the “rainbow territory’’ after the Legislative Assembly passed a bill to establish Australia’s first same-sex marriage scheme.

Rush to save gay marriage bill

Simon Corbell.

Lisa Cox and Peter Jean ACT government scrambles to amend bill in bid to safeguard law from being struck down by High Court.

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Just an ordinary couple hoping to witness history

L-R Jen Simpson and Jodie Vaile of Amaroo have been together for the past 15 years.

Lisa Cox For Canberra couple, same-sex marriage is 'simply a matter of human rights'.

Same-sex marriage bill to be amended by ACT Government

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Lisa Cox and Peter Jean The ACT Government will amend its same-sex marriage bill after legal advice that it was in danger of being defeated in the High Court.

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ACT's same-sex marriage bill at risk, law experts say

Attorney-General Simon Corbell.

Lisa Cox Law experts have warned the ACT's same-sex marriage laws could lose a High Court challenge if the bill is not amended.

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‘Cure’ harms budding minds

Gay rights.

Lisa Cox She was a 15-year-old in her first relationship, wondering how she would tell her parents that she liked girls.

Gay students say school tried to correct them

Principal of Trinity Christian School at the time of the incident Carl Palmer.

Lisa Cox Two former students of a Canberra private school say they were required to undergo counselling for their homosexuality while they attended the school.

Door opens for Ikea as bulky goods site proposal kicks off

Ikea in Canberra.

Lisa Cox The ACT government has moved to open for development a site that could house Canberra's long-awaited Ikea store.

Government's obesity plan raises the bar and wins award

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Lisa Cox An ACT government plan to tackle obesity has won a national award four days after the plan was announced.

ACT hospitals finish last in emergency department wait times

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Lisa Cox Patients in Canberra's emergency departments are waiting up to 28 minutes longer for treatment than patients in other states.

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Interest high in marriage debates

Lisa Cox The public gallery is expected to overflow when the ACT Legislative Assembly debates same-sex marriage legislation next week.

Child rights queried in gay divorce

Concerns have been raised about whether the ACT's proposed marriage equality law will include legal protections for the children of divorcing same-sex couples.

Peter Jean and Lisa Cox A Legislative Assembly committee has raised concerns about whether the ACT's proposed marriage equality law will include appropriate legal protections for the children of divorcing same-sex couples.

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Floriade's beautiful innovation finishes on high note

Last day of Floriade. Frankie age 1 and Fawn Terrace age 3 of Crace take one last look at their favourite pink flowers.

Lisa Cox Crowds were still streaming through the gates for Floriade's last day on Sunday.

Territory to get tough on obesity

Tackling Canberra's obesity crisis.

Lisa Cox The ACT government says junk food-free checkouts and regulation of the sale of sugary drinks should be part of a plan to stop the territory's rising obesity levels.

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Shorten strong footing, says Katy Gallagher

Katy Gallagher.

Lisa Cox Labor’s new leader Bill Shorten is entering opposition “on the strongest footing any Labor leader has had”, says Katy Gallagher.