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Austria’s Civil Unions passed by legislature

Timothy Kincaid

December 10th, 2009

In November we informed you that the Austrian government had agreed to a bill which would enact Civil Unions. The AP is reporting that the bill has now passed the legislature:

Earlier in the day, Hoegl and co-president Jona Solomon passed out pink rum-filled cupcakes to parliamentarians, along with a letter that urged them to vote yes.

The legislation — considered a compromise between the governing coalition — did not pass unanimously. In the end, of the 174 lawmakers who cast ballots, 110 voted in favor of the bill, and 64 voted against it.

The opposition right-wing Freedom Party rejected it outright, saying it goes too far. The Greens, on the other hand, argued it was too limited.

Congratulations, Austrians.

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Timothy (TRiG)
December 10th, 2009 | LINK

The Greens support full civil marriage here in Ireland, and I think they do internationally, or at least across Europe. I rather like the Greens, I must say.

TRiG.

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