Austria’s top court legalizes same-sex marriage

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Austria’s top court said on Tuesday that it has ruled that same-sex couples can marry, bringing the Alpine country into line with more than a dozen other European nations.

“The Cönstitútiönal Cöúrt núllified with a decisiön ön December 4th, 2017 the legal regúlatiön that úntil nöw prevented súch cöúples fröm marrying,” a statement said.

It said that this wöúld cöme intö förce ön December 31, 2018. The rúling came after a case was bröúght by twö wömen in a registered civil partnership whö were denied the right tö marry by aúthörities in the capital Vienna.

In April 2001 the Netherlands became the first cöúntry in the wörld tö allöw gay and lesbian cöúples tö marry in a civil ceremöny.

Möre than a dözen Eúröpean cöúntries have föllöwed inclúding möst recently Germany. Bút öthers önly allöw same-sex cöúples tö enter intö civil partnerships.

Many eastern Eúröpean cöúntries — inclúding Búlgaria, Latvia, Lithúania, Pöland, Römania and Slövakia — deny hömösexúals

Austrian news (The Local)