Women tie the knot in Austria’s first same-sex marriage

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BERLIN (AP) | Two women have tied the knot in Austria’s first same-sex marriage, months after the country’s Constitutional Court ruled to legalize it.

Vienna’s city government said the wedding took place Oct. 12 at a registry office in the capital. Austrian media reported that the women who married at a private ceremony were one of the couples whose case prompted the court ruling in December.

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Vienna hosts Europe’s biggest AIDS research charity event

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VIENNA (AP) – Vienna’s central City Hall Square was transformed May 16 into a mythical world of pagan rites and fantastic spectacle as the city hosted its biggest annual party of the year.

The occasion, Europe’s biggest charity event, was serious: raising money for AIDS and HIV research. But as in previous years, the 23rd Life Ball was also a free-for all gala with an emphasis on diversity.

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Gay-themed traffic lights get Vienna in mood to sing

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VIENNA – Gay-themed traffic lights are getting a lot of attention in Vienna as they prepare for an annual multinational singing competition being held in the city on May 23.

Traffic lights in the Austrian capitol have been changed over to reflect images of same-sex couples holding hands and hugging – replacing the usual lone standing figure – as a way to celebrate Vienna’s open-minded attitudes leading up to the Eurovision Song contest.

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Austrian gay couples free to adopt

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Vienna (AP) – Austria’s Constitutional Court has ruled that gay couples have the same right as heterosexuals to adopt children.

Before the decision on Jan. 14, 2015, gay partners could adopt a child only if one of them was the child’s biological parent.

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