August 5, 2013

With the passage of a brand new law on August 1, Austria became the 13 European nation to legally recognize the adoption of a child by unmarried same-sex parents. An amendment to the Austrian Civil Code was passed on July 4, following a recommendation from the European Court of Human Rights.

The case was previously brought to the Austrian Supreme Court, who ruled that unmarried same-sex couples could not jointly adopt a child because article 182§2 of the Austrian Civil Code blatantly stated that couples adopting children should consist of “parents of opposite gender.” The unnamed plaintiffs initially filed their first complaint in 2007.