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Austria Will Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Beginning In 2019

07 December 2017

Austria's Constitutional Court has ruled that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the beginning of 2019, bringing the country in line with more than a dozen other western European nations.

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.

They continued: 'Because the separation into two legal institutions expresses that people with same-sex sexual orientation are not the same people with different sexual orientation'. "It is inspiring to see love prevail as the world faces a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ activism that reminds us of the work that must still be done to accelerate acceptance".

Austria just became the latest nation to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

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Helmut Graupner, a lawyer for the two women who brought the case, wrote in a Facebook post that "today is a truly historic day".

Austria is the sixteenth European country to legalize gay marriage, according to TheNYT.

Same-sex couples in Austria have been allowed to enter legal partnerships since 2010, but until now have not been able to marry.

The ruling is said to have caused some political division in Austria, however, as the conservative People's Party said that it would accept the decision, but the far-right Freedom Party remained opposed to gay marriage.

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"We are very happy", said The Homosexual Initiative Vienna (HOSI) chairman Christian Hoegl.

However, the Austrian Constintutional Court have examined and repealed that definition, saying that it was discriminatory against LGBTQ people.

The limitations in question were that the previous definition of marriage allowed it only to be between "different sex" partners. The first country to legalise same-sex marriage was the Netherlands in 2001.

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Austria Will Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Beginning In 2019