In Austria, the court legalized same-sex marriage from 2019

In Austria, the court legalized same-sex marriage from 2019

Ruling calling the language of its current marriage laws discriminatory, Austria's Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex marriage would be allowed in the country starting in 2019.

The old regulation will end on 31 December 2018.

"The distinction between marriage and registered partnership cannot be maintained today without discriminating against same-sex couples", the court said.

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. "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 is now the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage.

Same-sex couples will be allowed to get married in Austria by 2019, the country's top court has ruled.

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Austria's decision brings Europe one step closer to marriage equality acceptance, joining other nations like Spain, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, that have already passed similar legislations.

The Austrian People's Party, which is working to form a new government after elections in October, said that it would accept the ruling.

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

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

The ruling noted that same-sex couples have increasingly been granted rights equal to those of married, heterosexual couples since civil partnerships were permitted in 2010.

That left sexual orientation as the main difference between those allowed to marry and those who could enter only into a legal partnership, which the court found discriminatory. Same-sex marriage has been legal across the United States since 2015.