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07 December 2017, 02:36 | Percy Christensen
WorldMarriage Equality Will Become Legal in Austria by 2019 Thanks to a Recent Court Ruling Written by Daniel Villarreal
The country has allowed same-sex couples to enter into legal partnerships since 2010, but the court has now ruled that the existing law is discriminatory and needs to be updated.
The idea behind the law was to minimize discrimination against same-sex couples, while continuing to restrict civil marriage to different-sex couples. But we're sure it'll come around in the blink of an eye!
The case was heard after a female couple challenged a 2009 law which allowed registered partnerships for same-sex couples, but not marriage. It's a refreshingly inclusive judgment'.
Lawyer Helmut Graupner, who represented the couple, praised the ruling on social media.
With the ruling, Austria becomes the 16th European country to grant marriage equality.
In its ruling, the high court noted that civil partnerships, which began for gay couples in 2010, include numerous same rights and responsibilities of marriage, including adoption.
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