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Austria to Consider Civil Unions

Timothy Kincaid

October 25th, 2007

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Many of Austria’s neighboring states have some form of recognition for the rights of same-sex couples. German has Life Partnerships, Switzerland, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic have Registered Partnerships, and Hungary has limited inheritance rights recognition. Only Slovakia and Italy have no recognition and most observers believe that Italy will soon join the rest of Western Europe.

Austria will now consider providing recognition for same-sex couples.

SPÖ Justice minister Maria Berger’s proposed new partnerships law will be considered by a bipartisan working group.

The People’s Party announced earlier this month that it would support civil unions similar to those in Switzerland.

It is too early to make predictions but it is encouraging that there is support from within both of the coaltion ruling parties.

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