Austrian constitutional court legalizes same-sex marriage


The repeal will allow same-sex couples to get married and allow mixed-sex couples to enter registered partnerships.

Nevertheless, our Dumb & Dumber-punchline sister country Austria - that's A-U-S-T-R-I-A - has just seen a landmark court ruling that will see the country gain marriage equality by no later than 2019.

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.

In a statement, the court said the distinction between the different kinds of unions could not be upheld because it was discriminatory against same-sex relationships, as it forced people to disclose their sexual orientation in situations where that was not relevant.

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The "different sex" regulation will officially end on December 31, 2018, so gay couples in Austria will be able to marry at the start of 2019. It acted at the request of two women who were rejected by two lower authorities. Austrian homosexuals have been able to enter binding unions since 2010 and were able to adopt children and access fertility treatments like heterosexual couples.

Earlier this year, Germany and Malta both legalized marriage equality and voters in Australia overwhelming voiced their support of marriage equality in a national referendum. In other countries, including Chile and Taiwan, such legislation is being drafted.

In April 2001, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in a civil ceremony. Men who have sex with men are also not allowed to donate blood. "This could provide incentives for same-sex couples in other countries to turn to their courts to claim equal marriage rights".