Austria Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Time to start planning that fairy tale wedding in Salzburg. Austria’s top court just ruled that same-sex couples can get married. The Constitutional Court overturned a law that restricted same-sex unions to civil partnerships. Austria now becomes the 16th European country to legalize same-sex marriage.

“The distinction between marriage and civil partnership can no longer be maintained today without discriminating against same-sex couples.” – official statement

Same-sex couples in the country have been allowed to enter legal partnerships since 2010. Restrictions on same-sex marriage will now be lifted on December 31, 2018, allowing same-sex couples to marry legally starting January 1, 2019. In an attempt to provide equality for everyone, heterosexual couples can now enter just civil partnerships if they choose to.

Congrats to our Austrian brothers and sisters.