LOVE WINS: Austria Has Finally Legalised Marriage Equality

Doug Mendoza
December 7, 2017

Same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in Austria from 2019, the country's supreme court ruled on Tuesday and said a law to the contrary violated the principle of non-discrimination.

In its decision, the court pointed to the fact that the restrictions of same-sex marriage will be lifted by the end of 2018, if the government will not make it faster.

The case was heard after a female couple challenged a 2009 law which allowed registered partnerships for same-sex couples, but not marriage.

They continued: 'Because the separation into two legal institutions expresses that people with same-sex sexual orientation are not the same people with different sexual orientation'.

Both gay and straight couples in Austria will still be able to opt for a legal partnership, which falls short of marriage. Australia also voted in November to legalize same-sex marriage in a non-binding vote, which will likely become law.

Same-sex couples will be able to marry in Austria in just a couple years.

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The Associated Press reports that in doing so, Austria joins 15 different Western European countries where same-sex marriage is allowed.

However, the Austrian Constintutional Court have examined and repealed that definition, saying that it was discriminatory against LGBTQ people.

The far-right Freedom Party (FPO), Kurz's chosen government coalition partner criticised the ruling.

"We are very happy", said The Homosexual Initiative Vienna (HOSI) chairman Christian Hoegl. "We want to use the opportunity for a renewed call for a fundamental reform of marriage".

Austria is the sixteenth European country to legalize gay marriage, according to TheNYT.

Civil partnerships will still remain an option for same-sex couples, but will now be made available to heterosexual couples as well, in an attempt to provide equality across the board.

Other reports by GizPress

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