In a judgment of 23 January 2014 the Austrian Supreme Court reversed its longstanding case-law that homosexuality and homosexual acts are dishonourable. “There is nothing dishonourable in homosexual acts” the Court said. Homosexual contacts may not be judged any more dishonourable then heterosexual acts.
Rechtskomitee LAMBDA (RKL), Austria’s civil rights organisation for homo-, bisexual and transgender people, celebrates the fifth victory of its registered-partnership-litigation-offensive. As the first supreme court in the world doing so the Austrian Constitutional Court (the world´s oldest constitutional court) turned down the statutory ban on donor insemination for lesbian couples as violating human rights.
In a judgment delivered today the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that – as long as civil marriage is not available for same-gender couples – the refusal of benefits granted to married couples is direct discrimination, no matter if registered partnership is also open for opposite-gender couples (Hay v. Credit agricole mutuel).
On 7 November 2013, the ECtHR has found that Austria discriminated against four gay men, represented by ECSOL-Co-Coordinator Helmut Graupner, when it refused to delete from their criminal record convictions under its discriminatory age of consent law (E.B. et al v Austria, appl. 31913/07 and others).