Austria: Children of Five Same-Sex Parents Sue Government Over Gay Marriage Ban

Austria same-sex marriage

The children of five Austrian same-sex couples are taking the country’s government to court to force legislation allowing for gay marriage.

Austria currently grants equal parenting rights but not equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Dr Helmut Graupner, who is representing four of the families, said that Austria must allow equal marriage “for the sake of the children”.

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Last week, Vienna’s Child and Youth Advocate said equal marriage would reduce discrimination and help the children of same-sex couples to feel confident about their family’s stability.

Although the Austrian government remains divided on the issue of same-sex marriage, Graupner says he expects a ruling on the lawsuit in January or February.

(Image via EHE Austrian Equal Marriage Campaign)