Austria Is Now 16th European Country to Grant Marriage Equality

Austria makes same-sex marriage legal

The country admitted its current rules are discriminatory

Austria's Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that same-sex couples can be legally Wednesday, overturning the country's law which barred homosexuals from marrying.

With this historic decision, the current restrictions on LGBTQ Austrians will be overturned on December 31, 2018 and marriage equality will be in full effect starting January 1, 2019. But we're sure it'll come around in the blink of an eye!

"The distinction between marriage and registered partnership can not today be maintained without discriminating against same-sex couples", court justices wrote, according to Politico. It's a refreshingly inclusive judgment'.

"Today is a truly historic day", said lawyer Helmut Graupner, according to The New York Times.

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

The reason for considering this case was the complaint of two women who refused marriage. The conservative People's Party stated [Reuters report] it will accept the ruling while the far-right Freedom Party criticized the ruling.

The court ruled that the 2009 law violated the constitution by discriminating against same-sex couples.

Campaigners welcomed the move, with Homosexual Initiative Vienna (HOSI) describing it as an "opportunity for a renewed call for a fundamental reform of marriage".

The limitations in question were that the previous definition of marriage allowed it only to be between "different sex" partners.

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. Austria marriage equality will soon be legal.

Constitutional courts in South Africa, Colombia, and Taiwan have also ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage in unconstitutional. The first country to legalise same-sex marriage was the Netherlands in 2001.

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