Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Austria makes same-sex marriage legal

Austria makes same-sex marriage legal

The restrictions on same-sex marriage are now set to be lifted on the final day of 2018, unless the government decides to do it earlier, and the new law will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

In a statement, the court said: 'The Constitutional Court nullified with a decision on December 4, 2017 the legal regulation that until now prevented such couples from marrying'. "For the separation into two legal institutions implies that homosexual individuals are not equal to heterosexuals".

Civil partnerships, it added, will be open to both gay and straight couples, while the words "two people of different sex" will be removed from the law on marriage. "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".

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The OVP and the FPO voted against same-sex marriage in parliament a few months ago.

Austria will soon join the 15 countries other in western Europe with legalized marriage equality including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

2019 in Austria, same-sex couples can marry.

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"Austria is the first European country to recognise marriage equality for same-gender couples as a fundamental human right". They said it disrespected the tradition of marriage as a partnership between a man and a woman that is intended for procreation. The conservative People's Party stated [Reuters report] it will accept the ruling while the far-right Freedom Party criticized the ruling. The court's Tuesday ruling, however, overturns this law and repeals all restrictions on gay marriage.

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.

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

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