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First same-sex
marriage in Austria

First same-sex
marriage in Austria

On Wednesday, Austria celebrated its first same-sex marriage, sort of.

Austria's Constitutional Court allowed a married male-to-female transsexual to change her birth certificate to reflect her recent sex change. However, the trans woman, who is a parent of two, chose not to get a divorce from her spouse.

The court said on its Web site, "Changing a sex entry in a birth certificate cannot be hindered by marriage."

The court's decision overturns a 1996 law issued by the Interior Ministry, which stipulates that partners of the same sex cannot be married.

The court's decision could set a precedent and possibly inspire other courts to make the same move.

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