First gay marriage in Austria completed

The two women who were the cause for the entering of huwelijksgelijkheid in Austria on Friday married. It is the first marriage between people of the same gender.

In december the Constitutional Court judged that the existing laws were discriminatory. It lifted the terms on which the marriage is reserved to heterosexual couples. Same-sex couples could up until then only registered building partnerships.

“Today is a historic day of joy,” said Helmut Graupner, a lawyer and activist that the women represented. They fought the law, along with four other couples.

For the general public is the judgment from January 1 next year, but these couples got the right to immediately marry.

Austria is the 16th country in Europe and the 26th country in the world that marriage is for everyone, according to the Lambda Legal Committee, a group that the rights of the LGBT community defends.

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