Austria has officially legalised same-sex marriage

Austria has officially legalised same-sex marriage

Austria's Constitutional Court has ruled that laws prohibiting gay and lesbian couples from marrying are discriminatory.

The move brings Austria into line with many other European nations including Germany, France, Britain and Spain.

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 reason to consider such a case by the court was a complaint by two women who were refused by the authorities of the Austrian capital in the marriage.

It said in a ruling published on Tuesday that restrictions on same-sex marriage will be lifted at the end of 2018, unless the government does so itself earlier.

Same-sex couples in Austria could previously enter into a civil partnership.

It noted in its ruling that marriage and civil partnerships have become increasingly similar in a legal sense in recent years, with same-sex couples allowed to adopt children.

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

It also marks a momentous occasion after the recent national elections saw new Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz and his conservative People's Party enter into coalition talks with the far-right Freedom Part, both groups being opposed to a change in the nation's marriage laws.

Austria is the sixteenth European country to legalize gay marriage, according to TheNYT. Same-sex marriage has been legal across the United States since 2015. Men who have sex with men are also not allowed to donate blood. The first country to legalise same-sex marriage was the Netherlands in 2001.

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