Austria have just legalised same-sex marriage

Jonathan Hernandez
December 7, 2017

Austria began recognizing same-sex civil unions in 2010, but the country's constitutional court ruled Tuesday that current marriage law (which defines marriage as between "two people of different sex") discriminates against same-sex couples.

The old regulation will unfortunately end on 31 December 2018, meaning same-sex couples will have to wait until 2019 before they're able to get married.

The case was heard after a female couple challenged a 2009 law which allowed registered partnerships for same-sex couples, but not marriage. "For the separation into two legal institutions implies that homosexual individuals are not equal to heterosexuals".

The distinction between marriage and registered partnership can no longer be upheld without discriminating against same-sex couples, the court said in a statement. "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".

In Europe continue to legalize same-sex relationships.

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

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

The Associated Press reports that in doing so, Austria joins 15 different Western European countries where same-sex marriage is allowed. It acted at the request of two women who were rejected by two lower authorities. "We are very happy", said HOSI chairman Christian Hoegl.

With the ruling, Austria becomes the 16th European country to grant marriage equality.

Same-sex marriage is legal in 25 countries. He applauded the Austrian court for recognising equality for same-sex couples as a "fundamental human right".

Austria's neighbours Germany voted to legalise same-sex marriage in June.

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