With the ruling, Austria turns into the sixteenth European nation to grant marriage equality. An analogous regulation took impact in neighboring Germany in October. The Netherlands was the primary nation to approve marriage equality; similar-intercourse couples have been marrying there since 2001. Similar-intercourse marriage has been authorized throughout the USA since 2015.
“At present is a very historic day,” stated Helmut Graupner, a lawyer who represented the 2 ladies who introduced the case earlier than the courtroom.
Different European nations — together with Hungary, Italy and the Czech Republic — permit similar-intercourse couples the suitable to enter into civil partnerships, which grants them many rights equal to these of married couples, as was the case in Austria.
However many different European nations within the previously Communist east — together with Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Slovakia — nonetheless deny homosexuals the fitting to enter into any legally acknowledged union.
The Austrian Individuals’s Social gathering — whose chief, Sebastian Kurz, won a general election in October and is predicted to be sworn in as chancellor within the coming weeks — stated it might settle for the ruling.
However their potential companions in authorities, the far-proper Freedom Get together, criticized the ruling. They stated it disrespected the custom of marriage as a partnership between a person and a lady that’s meant for procreation.
“Now there’s equal remedy for one thing that’s not equal,” Herbert Kickl, the social gathering’s secretary basic, stated in a press release.
Dismay on the ruling additionally got here from Roman Catholic Church leaders in Austria, who denounced the courtroom for “negating the individuality” of marriage “which is predicated on the variations between the sexes.”
The archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, informed the information portal of the Roman Catholic Church in Austria, Kathpress, that he remained hopeful the ruling would sooner or later be overturned.
“I’m assured that in the long run, a view to the order of creation, which people can’t disregard with out coming to hurt, can be established as soon as once more,” he stated.
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