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Austria makes same-sex marriage legal

Austria's Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled [text, PDF, in German] Tuesday that a 2009 law that allowed same-sex couples to enter registered partnerships but not to get married was unconstitutional.

In its decision, the court pointed to the fact that the restrictions of same-sex marriage will be lifted by the end of 2018, if the government will not make it faster.

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

Last month, Australia became the 26th nation to follow suit after the country voted overwhelming in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.

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

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The reason for considering this case was the complaint of two women who refused marriage.

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!

However, the conservative People's Party and the far-right Freedom Party, which are in negotiations for a government coalition, both oppose same-sex marriage. "We are very happy", said HOSI chairman Christian Hoegl. The court explicitly stated that a ban on same-sex marriage conveys the message that lesbian, gay, or bisexual people are not equal to heterosexuals and concluded that this amounts to discrimination. He applauded the Austrian court for recognising equality for same-sex couples as a "fundamental human right".

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 25 countries around the world.

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

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