CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s first same-sex weddings can take place this weekend as the nation’s highest court has decided to rule next week on the law allowing gay marriage in the capital.

The High Court’s decision on Tuesday to deliver its ruling on Dec. 12 involved a federal government challenge to the provincial law.

The Australian Capital Territory government, which administers Canberra, passed legislation in October that allows same-sex couples to wed in ceremonies equivalent to those heterosexual couples are entitled to under federal law.

The federal government immediately applied to the High Court to quash the law. The case was heard on Tuesday.