Same sex marriage will be legal in Austria

Same-sex couples will soon be able to marry in Austria

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.

The legislature is able to amend the marriage laws to allow same-sex couples to marry earlier than December 31, 2018.

The distinction between marriage and registered partnership cannot be maintained today without discriminating against same-sex couples.... "For the separation into two legal institutions implies that homosexual individuals are not equal to heterosexuals". "It is inspiring to see love prevail as the world faces a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ activism that reminds us of the work that must still be done to accelerate acceptance".

Gay marriage has already been legalized in 15 countries in western Europe, including in Germany, which until this year was the biggest holdout.

Helmut Graupner, a lawyer for the two women who brought the case, wrote in a Facebook post that "today is a truly historic day".




In a statement, the court said the distinction between the different kinds of unions could not be upheld because it was discriminatory against same-sex relationships, as it forced people to disclose their sexual orientation in situations where that was not relevant.

It also marks a momentous occasion after the recent national elections saw new Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz and his conservative People's Party enter into coalition talks with the far-right Freedom Part, both groups being opposed to a change in the nation's marriage laws.

Registered partnerships for same-sex couples were first introduced in Austria back in 2010. Same-sex marriage has been legal across the United States since 2015.

Austria is now the 16th European country to legalise same-sex unions.

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