Austria’s Constitutional Court has ruled that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the beginning of 2019.
The Court decided that the existing law, which only allows same-sex civil partnerships, was discriminatory.
In a statement the Commission said: “The distinction between marriage and civil partnership can no longer be maintained today without discriminating against same-sex couples.”
Christian Hoegl of the Austrian Homosexual Initiative (HOSI) said: “”We are very happy. We want to use the opportunity for a renewed call for a fundamental reform of marriage.”
When the ruling becomes law, Austria will become the sixteenth country in Europe to allow same-sex marriages