Gay rights in Austria


Same-sex sexual acts in Austria have been legal since 1971. The age of consent was equalized in 2002 by a court decision. Homosexuals are not prohibited from military service. Following the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in Karner v. Austria, co-habitating same-sex couples were given the same rights as co-habitating opposite-sex couples.


gay partnership in Austria


As of 2010 same-sex couples can have registered partnerships, but not regular marriage and cannot adopt children or gain access to IVF or artificial insemination treatments. On 4 January 2010, the first four same-sex couples were ‘married’ in Vienna. A European Union poll showed that 49% of Austrians supported gay marriage.

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