U.S.-Embassy: Advancing the Rights of LGBT-Persons in Austria & EU
RKL-president Dr. Helmut Graupner was one of the three panelists (MEP Lunacek was prevented from attending) invited to a discussion organised by the Vienna U.S.-embassy on LGBT-rights (24 June 2014). He presented the historical and contemporary legal position of LGBTs in Austria and Europe and discussed these issues with the other panelists and the audience. The video recordings of the event will be available soon on the embassy´s website http://austria.usembassy.gov.
UN-General Assembly Elects RKL-Honorary-Board-Member Lilian Hofmeister
We are cordially congratulating Dr. Lilian Hofmeister, judge at the Austrian Constitutional Court and member of RKL´s honorary board. On 26 June the UN General Assembly has elected her as a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (the first Austrian in this function). We are wishing her every success in her work in this important institution.
Lesbian Couple Challenges Joint Adoption Ban in Constitutional Court Rechtskomitee LAMBDA (RKL): „Ban violates best interests of the child
11.06.2014 | Austria
As part of the current litigation offensive by Rechtskomitee LAMBDA (RKL), Austria´s LGBT-rights organisation, a lesbian couple from the state of Upper Austria applied to the Constitutional Court to strike down Austria´s ban on joint adoption by same-sex couples.
Lesbian Couple excluded from Child Fostering
09.05.2014 | Austria
Rechtskomitee LAMBDA (RKL): „We take this scandalous case to Strasbourg“
The Austrian Administrative Supreme Court has confirmed the ban on child fostering for same-sex couples in the state of Lower Austria. The couple which had been refused to be adopted on the list of potential foster parents would have no right at all to challenge this exclusion from the list. Rechtskomitee LAMBDA (RKL), Austria´s LGBT-rights-association, is outraged that the two women even are refused the right to challenge their discrimination