Austria Will Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Beginning In 2019

Austria Will Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Beginning In 2019

As a result, "the distinction between marriage and registered partnership can not be upheld without same-sex couples being discriminated against", it said.

That left sexual orientation as the main difference between those allowed to marry and those who could enter only into a legal partnership, which the court found discriminatory.

"Thus, after the annulment, marriage and registered partnership are open to both same- and opposite-sex couples".

She furthermore added: 'ILGA-Europe are sending all our congratulations to the LGBTI activists, legal experts (including Dr. Helmut Graupner who represented the couple involved in this case throughout their journey), supporters of the Ehe-gleich citizen's initiative, and all the allies who stood together to call for equality'.

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 ban on same-sex marriage will come to an end with the start of 2019, or earlier should Austrian parliament decide to lift it sooner.

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The Constitutional Court sided with two women who complained they were refused permission to marry by authorities in the capital Vienna.

The ruling brings Austria into line with many other European countries including Britain, France, Germany and Spain.

The two parties negotiating to form a new government after Austria's October election, the conservative Austrian People's Party and the right-wing Freedom Party, have so far opposed gay marriage.

Other European countries - including Hungary, Italy and the Czech Republic - allow same-sex couples the right to enter into civil partnerships, which grants them many rights equivalent to those of married couples, as was the case in Austria.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 25 countries around the world. "All the other European states with marriage equality introduced it (just) the political way", he said on Facebook.

The Netherlands became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, in 2001. In Germany, homosexual marriage was approved in June by a vote in Parliament.

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