Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality

Esther Moore
December 7, 2017

The country has allowed same-sex couples to enter into legal partnerships since 2010, but the court has now ruled that the existing law is discriminatory and needs to be updated.

The restrictions on same-sex marriage are now set to be lifted on the final day of 2018, unless the government decides to do it earlier, and the new law will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

Speaking to Gay Star News, ILGA-Europe Executive Director Evelyne Paradis said: 'This decision is really positive news - not only does it open up marriage to everyone but it makes registered partnerships available to all couples too. The Netherlands was the first country to approve marriage equality; same-sex couples have been marrying there since 2001.

The court gave the government and parliament until January 1, 2019, to agree on legislation allowing same-sex couples to enter civil marriage.

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The ruling is said to have caused some political division in Austria, however, as the conservative People's Party said that it would accept the decision, but the far-right Freedom Party remained opposed to gay marriage.

The reason for considering this case was the complaint of two women who refused marriage. "We are very happy", said HOSI chairman Christian Hoegl.

Many western European countries have introduced marriage equality. "We want to use the opportunity for a renewed call for a fundamental reform of marriage". "The legal separation of gender and same-sex relationships into two different legal institutions thus violates the principle of equality of principle of discriminating against people based on personal characteristics such as sexual orientation". A similar number of other European countries have some sort of same-sex unions or civil partnerships. In recent years in Austria, same-sex couples in civil partnerships have been allowed to adopt children.

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