Note: as a side effect hetero couples will be allowed to register a civil partnership rather than marriage.Austrian constitutional court legalizes same-sex marriage
By GEIR MOULSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS BERLIN — Dec 5, 2017, 6:30 AM ET
Austria's Constitutional Court has ruled that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the beginning of 2019, bringing the country in line with more than a dozen other Western European nations.
In a ruling announced Tuesday, the court said that the words "two people of different sex" will be removed from the law on marriage at the end of 2018 on the grounds that the distinction is discriminatory. Same-sex couples will be able to marry after that, unless the government decides to change the laws earlier.
Same-sex couples in Austria, a predominantly Roman Catholic nation of some 8.7 million people, have been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2010. Until now, however, they haven't been able to marry.
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Cause the court only decided that the current situation is no longer tenable, the laws and regulations must be formally changed, and then all forms must likely be reprinted and distributed. It's a well oiled K&K (Kaiserlich-Königlich) bureaucrazcy
Coalition govt reached in Austria signals shift to right
BERLIN — Conservative and nationalist parties in Austria reached a deal on Friday to form a new coalition government that will shift the country to the right and make 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz Europe’s youngest leader.
Kurz’s conservative Austrian People’s Party finished first in the country’s Oct. 15 election. It then embarked on coalition talks with the right-wing Freedom Party, led by Heinz-Christian Strache.
The two leaders gave few details late Friday as they announced their agreement in Vienna, saying they would talk at greater length after presenting their plans to President Alexander Van der Bellen on Saturday. They took no questions from reporters.
Kurz, who will be the new chancellor, said the new government would work to reduce Austrians’ tax burden, strengthen the economy and “above all, we want to ensure more security in our country, including by fighting illegal immigration.”
Democracy is a garden that has to be tended. -Barack Obama
Far right Austrian vice-chancellor resigns over secret video footage looking for Russian backing
Austria’s vice-chancellor has resigned after a video appeared to show the far-right politician promising public contracts to a fake Russian backer in return for campaign help.
In a press conference in Vienna on Saturday, the Freedom party (FPO) leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, said he had been the victim of a “political hit-job” aimed at breaking apart Austria’s governing coalition, and insisted the full video would show he had done nothing wrong.
However, he admitted the video showed him “acting like a teenager” and that his behaviour was “stupid, irresponsible and a mistake”. The 49-year-old said he hoped his party could continue governing in a coalition with the centre-right Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) of the chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
The German weekly Der Spiegel and the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung published the video on their websites on Friday. The papers said the hidden-camera recordings took place in a luxury Ibiza villa in July 2017, months before the parliamentary elections that brought Kurz’s conservative and Strache’s far-right parties to power.
Austria's far-right Freedom Party ministers all resign amid scandal
All ministers from Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) have resigned, throwing the government into chaos.
The Freedom Party's leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who was also vice-chancellor, was forced to resign at the weekend after a video sting.
Mr Strache was filmed proposing to offer government contracts to a supposed Russian oligarch's daughter.
The FPÖ threatened a mass resignation earlier on Monday if Interior Minister Herbert Kickl was also forced out.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had called over the weekend for Mr Kickl to be sacked, saying that as general secretary of the party he should take responsibility for the scandal.
Another aspect of the Ibiza conspiracy
Ibiza-gateSecretly recorded video underscores months-long threat to Austrian media
ON FRIDAY, MAY 17, the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, published a secretly recorded video. In it, Austria’s vice chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, speaks of his wish to re-design the country’s media environment so that it resembles Hungary, a country where the free press is all but destroyed. “We want to build a media landscape like [Viktor] Orbán did,” Strache says, referring to Hungary’s prime minister.
The quote was part of a six-hour conversation in Ibiza, Spain, involving Strache, the chairman of the right-wing populist Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ); Johann Gudenus, another FPÖ politician; and an unidentified woman purporting to be the niece of a Russian oligarch. In the video, both the FPÖ leaders appear to promise several government contracts to the woman.
https://www.cjr.org/watchdog/suddeutsch ... trache.php