Austria will change gay civil unions, but term ‘marriage’ won’t be used

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A draft law submitted 2 days ago for final review foresees that such partnerships will be registered at the district clerk’s office, as marriages now are. Up to now, homosexual unions have been registered by the district administration department, which oversees local and municipal statutes. The common names which same-sex civil partners will choose for themselves will also be declared as not just last names, but as family names. The draft also will allow couples to list their common names as “family names” instead of “last names.” Austria’s government coalition is split on the issue of same-sex marriage. Social Democrats generally support it, while the center-right People’s Party is opposed. The majority of the parliament voted to pass the draft into law next year.

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