Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Austrian women celebrate country's first same-sex marriage

Two Austrian women are the first same-sex couple to officially tie the knot in the predominantly Catholic country, following years of legal challenges from gay rights groups.

Nicole Kopaunik and Daniela Paier wed in a ceremony in Velden, southern Austria, shortly after midnight Tuesday. 
The couple, both 37, had reportedly been engaged for four years.

Austria’s constitutional court ruled in 2017 that same-sex couples should have the right to marry from Jan. 1, 2019. Previously, same-sex couples could only enter into a registered partnership that granted fewer rights than marriage.

Austria’s current governing parties, the People’s Party and the Freedom Party, had strongly opposed granting same-sex couples the right to marry, but said they would respect the court’s ruling.

Green light to marriage equality in Austria


  1. By Luigi C.: Welcome to the club ! When Italy will do it?

  2. By Ghislaine Vandevoorde: Belgium does it since 2003... second country (the netherlands 2001) to have the law...

  3. By Amleta Bloom: Very good ­čśŐ