Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

In Austria, the court legalized same-sex marriage from 2019

In Austria, the court legalized same-sex marriage from 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'.

Deutsche Welle reported that in Tuesday's decision the court said that although gay couples already have essentially the same rights as married couples, having been allowed to enter into registered partnerships since 2010, "the distinction between marriage and registered partnership. can not be upheld in this day and age without discriminating against same-sex couples".

Officials looked into the current law following a complaint from two women who were upset over being denied a formal marriage by authorities in Vienna.

The idea behind the law was to minimize discrimination against same-sex couples, while continuing to restrict civil marriage to different-sex couples.

The court said that civil partnerships will remain an option after the law is changed, and will then also be open to straight couples.

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Same-sex couples in Austria, a predominantly Roman Catholic nation of some 8.7 million people, have been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2010.

Despite the country's soon-coming legalization of marriage equality, it still lags behind in other rights.

The Constitutional Court said: 'The distinction between marriage and registered partnership cannot be maintained today without discriminating against same-sex couples'.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 25 countries around the world. In other countries, including Chile and Taiwan, such legislation is being drafted.

"Austria is the first European country to recognise marriage equality for same-gender couples as a fundamental human right".

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