Monthly Archives: October 2011

Homosexual and heterosexual couples must be treated equally

In 2010 the Austrian Government introduced Registered Partnership as a form of legal partnership and an alternative to the traditional Civil Marriage. This form of recognition has some benefits for certain couples over the traditional Civil Marriage but has been reported as intended only for ‘historically disadvantaged groups’, thus it may act as a form of institutionalized segregation. This is discriminatory. Further to these concerns, it has been reported that a heterosexual couple, Helga Ratzenbock and Martin Seydl, requested the city of Linz to identify them as a Registered Partnership, as they are reported to prefer the obligations of Registered (more…)