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).
In a judgment delivered today the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Greece had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by excluding same-sex couples from registered partnership, restricted in Greece to heterosexual couples (Vallianatos et al v Greece, appl. 29381/09, 32684/09).
In a judgment delivered today the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that homo- and bisexual persons are eligible groups for claiming asylum in EU and they cannot be requested to conceal their sexual orientation (X, Y, Z v Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel).
In a judgment delivered last week (VfGH 19.06.2013, G 18, 19/2013) the Austrian Constitutional Court has struck down the statutory prohibition on performing registered partnerships outside the authority´s office-rooms. The governing coalition of Social- and Christian-Democrats however had again inserted such a prohibtion into a new law coming into force next fall. Thus the office-room-compulsion will be reintroduced by 1 November 2013 and the Christian-Democrats - despite the Consitutional Court´s judgment - do insist on this reintroduction. Rechtskomitee LAMBDA (RKL), Austria’s LGBT civil rights organisation, denounces this as unbearable chicanery.