Austrian Supreme Court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

Same-sex couples will be allowed to get married by 2019
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In a statement, Austria's Constitutional Court, which ruled that the existing laws are discriminatory, said "the distinction between marriage and civil partnership can no longer be maintained today without discriminating against same-sex couples".

The current rules on marriage will remain in place until at least the end of 2018, unless Austria's parliament decides to legislate and change their marriage rules in the interim.

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.

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

The ruling brings Austria up to speed with other European nations including Germany, Spain, France and the United Kingdom, all of which have legalized same-sex marriage in the past several years. "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".




The reason for considering this case was the complaint of two women who refused marriage.

The Austrian People's Party - whose leader, Sebastian Kurz, won a general election in October and is expected to be sworn in as chancellor in the coming weeks - said it would accept the ruling.

Campaigners welcomed the move, with Homosexual Initiative Vienna (HOSI) describing it as an "opportunity for a renewed call for a fundamental reform of marriage". Austria marriage equality will soon be legal.

Registered partnerships for same-sex couples were first introduced in Austria back in 2010.

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