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ILGA Europe: Austrian parliament adopts registered partnership law for same-sex partners
On 10 December 2009, the International Human Rights day, the Austrian parliament passed a law on registered partnerships for same-sex partners. ILGA-Europe welcomes this development which makes Austria the 18th country in Europe which provides legal recognition for same-sex partners. The law will come into effect on 1 January 2010.

The other 17 countries in Europe which have gender neutral marriage law or provide registered partnership schemes for same-sex partners or have both are: Andorra, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

The law was prepared by the ruling coalition government between Social Democrats (SPÖ) and Christian Democrats (ÖVP - conservative People's Party) who have parliamentary majority.

Homosexuelle Initiative (HOSI) Wien, ILGA-Europe's member in Austria, has always been fighting for a modern alternative to marriage such as registered partnership based on the Scandinavian or Swiss models. "What we have got now is actually quite comparable with the law in Switzerland where access to adoption and artificial insemination has also been excluded from the partnership law", explains HOSI Wien president Jona Solomon. "That was again a categorical no-go for the Christian Democrats." However, both adoption and artificial insemination are not exclusively linked to marriage in Austria as adoption is possible by a single person, too, and artificial insemination is also possible for non-married opposite-sex couples living in a domestic partnership.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 05:38:05 PM EST
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