Australia's High Court on Thursday struck down gay marriage in the nation's capital where dozens have wed under a landmark law, ruling that parliament must decide whether to approve same-sex unions. Had the nation's top court upheld the Australian Capital Territory's gay marriage legislation it would have opened the door to similar laws being passed across the country, pressuring the government to make it legal at a national level. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that the national parliament -- not state and territory authorities -- had the ultimate say over marriage and whether it was extended to same-sex couples was a matter for lawmakers. Gay marriage has been explicitly outlawed in Australia since 2004, when then-prime minister John Howard amended the Marriage Act to specify that such unions were only valid between a man and a woman.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said his side produced their best display in his time in charge as they ensured top spot in Champions League Group H with a 6-1 thrashing of Celtic on Wednesday. Gerard Pique opened the scoring for the hosts early on, but thereafter Neymar took centre stage as the Brazilian set up the second goal for Pedro Rodriguez before going onto score his first Barcelona hat-trick. A deflected effort from Cristian Tello and a late consolation from Giorgios Samaras rounded off the scoring. And Martino was delighted with how his side reacted to recent criticism following defeats away to Ajax and Athletic Bilbao.