Austrian Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

Although civil partnerships have been allowed since 2010, the Constitutional Court of Austria termed the law barring same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Same-sex marriage is likely to be legal from January 1, 2019. The ruling also allowed the couples involved in the challenge considered by the Court to marry immediately. The Court observed that “the distinction between marriage and civil partnership can no longer be maintained today without discriminating against same-sex couples”, and that allowing the two institutions to be separate implies an inherent inequality. Civil partnerships will, however, still be available and will soon be an option for heterosexual couples too.