“Traffic lights are for traffic and should not be misused to impart advice on how to live your life,” said Markus Hein from the Freedom Party (FPÖ).
Instead of the usual stick man, the special lights at pedestrian crossings showed two figures: either a man or a woman, two men or two women, holding hands, together with a little heart symbol. Normal man-women couples or parents with children were not allowed, as they did not seem to conform to the role model that the campaign sought to promote.
They were first installed temporarily in Vienna for the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year. Despite protests from the population they were made permanent and spread to Salzburg and to Linz. The capital city of Upper Austria is the first city to take them down again, following a change of government.