Austria has legalised gay marriage, the new law will allow same-sex couples to marry by 2019.
Austrian Constitutional Court made a decision, which will transform into the new law and give the same-sex couples a right to marry. According to the court, by 2019 the dream of many gays will come true. Up to date, same-sex couples had right to have civil partnerships in the country since 2010, but there is not enough. Since 2019, they will be able to get married like the same-sex couples in Germany, France, Britain and Spain do.
The Constitutional Court was examining a complaint about a 2009 law which meant a couple were denied permission to enter a formal marriage by Viennese authorities.
It said in a statement that “the distinction between marriage and civil partnership can no longer be maintained today without discriminating against same-sex couples,” adding that keeping the two institutions separate suggests that “people with same-sex sexual orientation are not equal to people with heterosexual orientation”.
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Civil partnerships will still be available as an option after this point, the Constitutional Court ruled and will be opened up to straight couples, too. In Austria, restrictions on same-sex marriage will be lifted in late 2018, unless the government does so itself earlier.