Politico Drafting Historic Bill

Austria Getting Gay Marriage?

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Things are looking up in Austria, where politicians are drafting a gay marriage law.

In an attempt to end years of political dispute Austria’s Social Democrat Justice Minister Maria Berger Wednesday introduced a first draft for a law granting gay couples the same rights as heterosexuals. The so-called registered partnership shows a number of parallels with traditional marriage law, complete with similar rights and duties, but was no “marriage light” Berger stressed and was independent of current marriage legislation.

Berger’s draft will be discussed by a bipartisan working group before being introduced to parliament by the end of this year.

If only Austrian-born, gay marriage vetoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were as progressive as his countrywomen.