If there is something that clearly can be deduced from last month’s national elections in Austria, it is that the electorate didn’t consider the introduction of sodo-“marriage” a great priority. The parties with the greatest increase in votes were those who clearly stated that marriage is – and should remain – a union between one man and one woman: the conservative “Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the national conservative “Freedomite Party” (FPÖ). Having increased their share of votes by aggregated 13%, these two groups now dispose of a solid majority in the National Assembly and look set to form the next government. By stark contrast, the group that – already by picking lesbian activist Ulrike Lunacek as their lead candidate – most aggressively turned sodo-“marriage” into a core part of their electoral program lost more than two thirds of its votes and all of the parliamentary seats it had previously held.
As a result, a parliamentary majority for introducing sodo-“marriage” seems completely out of reach within the next five years. But despite this, it could nevertheless become a reality within the next few weeks.
The reason is that the Constitutional Court (Verfassungsgerichtshof) has, in a surprising about-face, announced that it has doubts regarding the constitutionality of the legal definition of marriage set out in Article 44 of the Civil Code, and intends to subject that definition to an examination ex officio, with the likely outcome that the part of it stating that the two spouses must be “of different sex” will be removed. Continue reading “Austrians don’t want sodo-“marriage”. But their Constitutional Court does.”
Green MEP Helga Trüpel‘s party membership has been suspended after press reports about her having made “homophobic” ad hominem remarks against Jens Spahn, an openly homosexual politician from the conservative CDU. Apparently Mrs. Trüpel expressed concern over the possibility that Germany might soon be ruled by “that right-wing gay Mr. Spahn” if Merkel has to step down after her dramatic electoral defeat in September.
It is not clear yet whether Mrs. Trüpel will be allowed to retain her seat as an MEP.
The ECtHR has today delivered its decision in the case of Ratzenböck and Seydl v. Austria, concerning a man-woman couple who wanted to conclude a “registered partnership”, because it considered the less committing terms of such a partnership more appealing than those of a normal marriage. The Court decided that the non-availability of such a “registered partnership” for different-sex couples does not constitute discrimination on the grounds of “sexual orientation”. Continue reading “ECtHR: heterosexual couple not allowed to contract sodo-“marriage””
The following is from the POLITICO Brussels Playbook, which is sent to thousands of subscribers in and around the EU institutions every day:
If Harvey Weinstein was Hollywood’s worst-kept secret, widespread harassment (and sometimes worse) is Brussels’ worst-kept secret. Regular readers of Brussels Playbook and EU Confidential podcast listeners will know of our efforts to shine a spotlight on inappropriate and illegal behavior. These are often terrifying experiences for the victims, and are complicated issues to report for reasons of privacy and natural justice. So far 54 women and two men have told Playbook their stories and we will continue to actively report this issue, publishing articles as appropriate. You can tell your story confidentially here.
Allegations made to Playbook include EU work contracts offered in exchange for sex, young women being sent to bars and dinners to trade sexual favors for legislative ones, a staffer asked to book prostitutes for their MEP boss, women bailed up in toilets at work functions and men bullied then sent on paid leave. You can listen to some of the stories in the “Dear POLITICO” section of the EU confidential podcast (Episodes one to 12).
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(LifeSiteNews, 20 October)
A mob of thousands of feminists attacked the cathedral church of the northern Argentinean city of Resistencia on Saturday and Sunday night, attempting to set it on fire and pelting the building with paint, reddened tampons, and rocks, according to video documentation and reports in local media.
The women, dubbed “ultra-feminists” and “femi-nazis” by the Argentinean press, burned the door of the cathedral with a pile of burning trash and reportedly damaged a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in front of the building. Many wore masks in the style of “Antifa” and were topless, with slogans written across their chests.
As widely predicted, the national elections in Austria have resulted in a victory for the conservative Austrian People’s Party, led by telegenic 31-yr old youngster Sebastian Kern, and the populist Freedomite Party lead by Heinz-Christian Strache, who now looks set to become the king-maker. The Socialists, lead by outgoing Chancellor Christian Kern must be considered the losers of this election, given that they very likely will not lead the next government – but even they have in fact won a tiny increase in electoral support.
The one political group that has lost spectacularly is the Greens, lead by the European Parliament’s former Vice-President and LGBT-frontwoman Ulrike Lunacek: they went down from 12.8% to 3.8%, which means that they have fallen below the threshold that entitles them to be represented in Parliament. Continue reading “Austria: pro-sodomy party loses two thirds of its electorate and all of its seats in Parliament”