Australian communications minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday said he believed there was "a reasonable prospect" of the country changing its laws to allow same-sex couples to marry. His comments follow the nation's top court on Thursday striking down a landmark gay marriage law in the nation's capital, ruling that only the national parliament, not state and territory authorities, has the power to decide who could wed. The conservative government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott is opposed to gay marriage and the party has previously refused to allow a conscience vote among its members, in contrast to the Labor opposition. "I think it is very likely there will be a conscience vote agreed to by the coalition party room," he told broadcaster ABC.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana newlywed pleaded guilty Thursday to killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park while they argued about her second thoughts about the marriage.