Tag Archives: Austria

AUSTRIA: Constitutional Court Issues Initial Ruling In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage, Final Ruling In December

From the Facebook page of attorney Helmut Graupner: In a decision of 12 October just delivered, the Austrian Constitutional Court followed all my arguments and reversed its case-law (that segregation in marriage and registered partnerships is admissible.) I am representing five children (and their same-gender parents) arguing that the marriage ban stigmatizes the children as illegitimate and the families as ...

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Austria Lurches Far-Right In National Election [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Austria became the latest European country to take a sharp turn right on Sunday, with the conservative People’s Party riding a hard-line position on immigration to victory in national elections and likely to form a government with a nationalist party that has long advocated for an even tougher stance. The result puts the 31-year-old foreign minister ...

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How To Become Trump’s US Ambassador To Austria: Watch The Sound Of Music At Least 75 Times [VIDEO]

The Palm Beach Post reports: Patrick Park is an avid fan of “The Sound of Music.” You might say he’s obsessed with it. “Really, I’ve seen it like 75 times,” the concert pianist/industrialist said. “I know every single word and song by heart. I’ve always wanted to live in the Von Trapp house.” Well, if he can’t live there, at ...

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EURO HOPE: Austria’s Donald Trump Loses Presidential Election To Former Head Of Green Party [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer has lost Austria’s presidential election. On Facebook, he described himself as “infinitely sad” and congratulated Alexander Van der Bellen, former head of the Greens, on his victory. The elections had been seen as a sign of how well populist candidates might do in upcoming elections in the EU, though the post is ceremonial. ...

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Miss Austria As Conchita Wurst At Miss Universe

Lost in all the hoopla about Steve Harvey’s big “oops” moment last night is that Miss Austria dressed as drag performer and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst during the national costume portion of the Miss Universe pageant. Austria’s The Local reports: While not the bookies’ favourite, Amina Dagi has captured global attention with her witty and elegant rendition of Austria’s national ...

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AUSTRIA: Court Rules Against Same-Sex Marriage

Last month lawyers for five children of gay parents sued the Austrian government, saying that the children were being stigmatized because their parents could not marry. Today the Administrative Court in Vienna ruled against the children, saying in part that children of unwed parents no longer face much social criticism. The lawsuit was not supported by HOSI Wien, Austria’s main ...

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AUSTRIA: Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Filed On Behalf Of Five Children Of Gay Parents

Austria’s The Local reports: Five Austrian children of same-sex parents are taking the government to court over Austria’s marriage laws, which don’t allow gay couples to marry. The children and their parents have taken their cases arguing for same-sex marriage to the Administrative Court in Vienna, and hope to change the law so that the children can become ‘legitimate’. Austria ...

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STUDY: Drinkers Of Black Coffee Tend Towards Evil

According to Austrian researchers, people who prefer bitter tasting things like black coffee have a higher propensity to be sadistic, selfish, vain, and manipulative. The Independent reports: In the study, led by Professor Christina Sagioglou from Innsbruck University in Austria, 500 men and women were shown a list of foods with equal numbers of sweet, salty, sour and bitter items. They ...

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State Department Invites Evan Wolfson To Help Marriage Battle In Three European Nations

Freedom To Marry may have already held its “going out of business” party, but founder Evan Wolfson still has marriage battles to fight. Via the Guardian: US embassies in Europe have invited an instrumental figure in the movement to legalize same-sex marriage to visit three countries where it is not yet legal. Evan Wolfson, founder of marriage equality campaign group ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Eurovision Semi-Finals 2

The finals are Saturday. Competing right now in the second semi-finals round are 17 nations:  Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland. (Tipped by JMG reader Luis) UPDATE: Finalists chosen in this round: Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Norway, Montenegro, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Israel.

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VIENNA: City Readies For Gay Christmas

The Eurovision Song Contest is often referred to as “Gay Christmas” and Vienna is getting ready to host the finals in two weeks. Via Reuters: Gay-themed traffic lights are getting Vienna into the mood for the annual Eurovision Song Contest, one of the world’s most popular kitsch cultural events which this year is being hosted by the Austrian capital. Dozens ...

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Conchita Wurst – You Are Unstoppable

Sony Music is putting a strong marketing push behind Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst’s coming debut album. Via press release: Fans all around have waited for this moment and now they are rewarded accordingly. From power ballads to dance floor fillers, from Swing to Pop, the winner of 2014’s Eurovision Song Contest shows the full range of her talents on her ...

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Australia To Compete At Eurovision

Well, this is surprising. Via BBC News: Australia is to compete at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Organisers issued a one-off invitation as part of the contest’s 60th anniversary celebrations. “It’s a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move. It is our way of saying let’s celebrate this party together!” contest supervisor Jon Ola Sand said. Australia will ...

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Eurovision: The Year Of Conchita Wurst

The official Eurovision channel looks back on the win of Conchita Wurst, arguably the venerable contest’s most popular winner in decades.

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Conchita Wurst – Heroes

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AUSTRIA: Conchita Wurst Meets UN Head Ban Ki-Moon During Talks On LGBT Rights

Via the Associated Press: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has joined Austrian cross-dressing pop star Conchita Wurst in calling for an end to bias based on a person’s sexual orientation. Wurst teamed up with Ban on Monday on the sidelines of a U.N. conference to deliver their message of tolerance. Ban told reporters that he will continue his fight “against ...

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Seen In Vienna

Posted to the Facebook page of pop singer Joss Stone, who is touring Europe.

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AUSTRIA: Lesbian Politician Attacked With Acid At Vienna’s Pride Parade

Via The Local: Austria’s first openly gay politician, leader of the Austrian Greens’ delegation to the EU parliament Ulrike Lunacek was the apparent victim of an attack at Friday’s annual Rainbow Parade in Vienna. An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at the politician as she was giving an interview on the sidelines of the parade. Lunacek and the interview team ...

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SOHN – Lights

Lovely, spare electronica that’s a delicious respite from the crashing crescendos currently in EDM vogue. SOHN’s 2012 hit The Wheel was one of my favorite tracks that year.

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AUSTRIA: Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision Win Might Advance Same-Sex Marriage

Conchita Wurst met the chancellor of Austria yesterday. The BBC reports that his party is looking to take advantage of her popularity to advance same-sex marriage. Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has given her first public concert since her Eurovision victory this month, performing in Vienna on Sunday. She was greeted by thousands of fans, including gay couples. Many waved ...

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