The first same-sex wedding was celebrated in Austria

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Austria has seen its first ever same-sex wedding, just five minutes after it became legally possible in the country, at 12.05 on January 1st in the southern town of Velden, according to ORF, more than a year after the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that martriage equality should be recognized in the country starting from 2019. Before the law change, queer couples in Austria could only enter into a registered partnership, which limited them in rights in comparison to straight couples. The Kopauniks’ wedding became the first of its kind in Austria with the help of local authorities like Velden Mayor Ferdinand Vouk, who said that even though it was a challenge, the town was proud and honored to accept it. The celebrant, Klaus Gottwald, said the occasion was special, explaining: “Although I have a routine, this was a bit exciting. There were a few small obstacles, such as the line, ‘lawfully wedded husband,’ which was not beneficial.” He had to train to wed two women, it took time for him to learn the suitable text, but he coped with this task.

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