Austria court legalises same-sex marriage from 2019

Austria court legalises same-sex marriage from 2019

Austria court legalises same-sex marriage from 2019

". The distinction between marriage and registered partnership cannot be maintained today without discriminating against same-sex couples", a translated statement from the court reads.

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.

Thus, they ruled that and the country must remove that gender-biased phrase and allow marriage equality by 2019 unless the Austrian Parliament decides to pass legislation legalizing same-sex marriages before then. Yes!

The ruling concerned a case in which two women in a registered civil partnership petitioned to get married, but were denied by authorities in Vienna.

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

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

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Twenty-four countries already have marriage equality.

Same sex couples have been able to access civil unions since 2010, and in 2013 gained the right to adopt children.

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.

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

Constitutional courts in South Africa, Colombia, and Taiwan have also ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage in unconstitutional.

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

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