(Vienna) A ruling by Austria's highest court in
an unusual case has resulted in the country's first same-sex marriage.
It involves a transsexual who, while still
biologically male, married a woman. Now that the transition is complete
neither party wants to divorce.
The names of neither party was released by the
The transsexual spouse was turned down by the Interior Ministry
when she requested to have her birth records and other official documents
amended to reflect her correct sex on the grounds that she was married.
Same-sex marriage is not legal in Austria.
She then went to the Constitutional Court.
In agreeing to the change the court noted that
amending records for transsexuals is commonly done in Austria and agreed to the
The judgment said that the very fact the woman
was married should have no bearing on the case and by default accepted
Austria's first same-sex marriage.
The ruling did not specifically address the issue
of gay marriage leaving open a possible government challenge to the marriage.
The government said it was studying the
verdict. It recently rejected a proposal to extend limited rights to