Germany legalises gay marriage

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A clear majority of German MPs have voted to legalise same-sex marriage, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to the idea.

The reform gives gay men and lesbians full marital rights, and allows them to adopt children.

At present, same-sex couples are limited to civil unions.

But Mrs Merkel, who only decided to allow the vote on Monday, voted against the measure. Her political opponents were strongly in favour.

During her 2013 election campaign, Angela Merkel argued against gay marriage on the grounds of “children’s welfare,” and admitted that she had a “hard time” with the issue.

But at an event hosted by the women’s magazine “Brigitte” on 26 June, she shocked the German media by announcing on stage that she had noted other parties’ support for it, and would allow a free vote in the future.

The usually-cautious chancellor said she had had a “life-changing experience” in her home constituency, where she had dinner with a lesbian couple who cared for eight foster children together.

As the news spread on Twitter, supporters rallied under the hashtag #EheFuerAlle (MarriageForAll) – and started calling for a vote as soon as possible.

A recent survey by the government’s anti-discrimination agency found that 83% of Germans are in favour of marriage equality.

The day after the Republic of Ireland voted to legalise gay marriage in May 2015, almost every German newspaper splashed a rainbow across its front page.

“It’s time, Mrs Merkel” Green party leader Katrin Goering-Eckhart exclaimed then. “The Merkel faction cannot just sit out the debate on marriage for everyone.”

Germans go to the polls on 24 September, and the sudden Merkel turnaround will deprive her opponents of a campaign issue.

The Greens, the far-left Linke, and the pro-business Free Democrats all back same-sex marriage. In fact, they have refused to enter a future coalition deal unless reform is agreed on.

Mrs Merkel’s current coalition partners – the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) – have done the same.

The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) is now the only party to oppose same-sex marriage.

Conservatives within Mrs Merkel’s party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), are against a change in the law, however.

They have argued that a gay marriage bill would require a change to the constitution, and that marriage between a man and a woman should enjoy special protection.

The CDU’s Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), has also expressed opposition.

Its members champion “traditional” families – and pragmatist Mrs Merkel needs their votes in the September election.

Commentators say this partly explains why she has rejected a vote on marriage equality until now.

Amid a groundswell of public support for a vote, Mrs Merkel’s rivals have moved to capitalise politically.

A day after her comments, the SPD’s candidate for the chancellorship Martin Schulz declared – “we will take her at her word,” and called for an immediate vote.

The Greens and Linke promptly backed the prospect.

The CDU responded by condemning the SPD, its coalition partner, for its “breach of trust” after four years of joint rule.

The angry exchange came just days after Mr Schulz angered conservatives by accusing Mrs Merkel of an “attack on democracy”, saying she was deliberately making politics boring so that opposition supporters wouldn’t bother to vote.

On Wednesday, Mrs Merkel branded the political dispute “totally unnecessary” in an interview with business weekly Wirtschafts Woche (in German).

“This isn’t about some legislative footnote, but… a decision that touches on people’s deepest convictions and on marriage, a cornerstone of our society”, she said.

Die Welt, a German national daily agreed.

“This could have been a great moment for Germany’s parliament. But the CDU/CSU have been forced into a corner and all the joy has been drained,” it wrote.

A host of European countries have beaten Germany to a same-sex marriage law.

Civil marriages are legally recognised in Norway, Sweden, Denmark (excluding the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, France, the UK (except Northern Ireland and Jersey), and the Republic of Ireland.

But in Austria and Italy – as in Germany – gay couples are restricted to civil partnerships.

BBC

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20 Responses to Germany legalises gay marriage

  1. They are very silly adopt children from who? They should have children themselves because they know they will have children through that way. What a world we are in. The days a really evil.

    mr man
    June 30, 2017 at 10:32 am
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  2. I can’t imagine someone rubbing John Thomas into feacal matter during sexual intercourse. Some argue that it is a natural orientation. I wonder whether God, who actually instructed us to ‘Go yee on earth and multiply’, could have created a man or woman who cannot fulfill that command.

    M.M.
    June 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm
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  3. Please do not bring this satanic sodom and gomorrah news to zambia! Let this demonic news die where it happened! And these western countries who are promoting this satanic acts are always fooling africans that they are bringing peace in the world! What type of peace keeping and goodness can come from these green eyed demons? Let us de-associate ourselves from these countries of deception.

    shema israel
    July 1, 2017 at 3:11 am
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    • “Israel is the pararadise for homosexuality, Germany is just following the holy footsteps to the promised land”

      Shabbat Shalom!
      July 1, 2017 at 6:01 am
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    • shema israel, mm, and ka, mr man, you sound very ignorant!!

      Stop being such homophobic a s s h o l e s.

      Shabbat Shalom!
      July 1, 2017 at 6:05 am
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      • What is ignorant about condeming homosexuality you lunatic?
        this act is an insult to the creator God!! whoever supports it is on the side of the devil!! the fact that satan has managed to make it be practiced even in israel does NOT make it sacred act!!
        SO you are a homosexual asshole!!

        SHEMA ISRAEL
        July 1, 2017 at 8:19 am
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  4. Just the anger the wrath the almighty showed in burning down the ancient cities of Sodom & Gomorrah which were awash with sexual pervertion at the time shows how Jehovah detests & dislikes homosexuality,are these muzungu’s telling us that God’s view of the vice has changed with time?Uncle Bob the zim ailing tin-pot dic put it more bluntly when he said these people are worse than dogs,cause at least a dog can cannot go for the same sex!

    manluche
    July 3, 2017 at 9:33 pm
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  5. ALL IN THE NAME OF NEW GENERATION,ENGLISH MANNERS,HUMAN RIGHTS,AND MORDERN WORLD.AFRICA IS FOND OF COPPING ANYTHING FROM WESTERN WORLD,PARTICULARY ZAMBIA.SO, SOON IN ZAMBIA, IT WILL BE ALSO A FASHION.GOD FORBID.BETTER ARE THE DEAD THAN US THE LIVING TO WITNESS THE SECOND GOD’S WRATH SOON TO BE POURED ON THIS SECOND SODOM AND GOMORAH.LORD JESUS,PLEASE,I’M NOT PART AND PARCEL OF THIS ABOMINATION,SO SPARE MY SOUL GOD ALMIGHT.

    true
    July 4, 2017 at 12:14 am
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  6. IN THE TIME OF NOAH,PEOPLE WERE MARRING,BUILDING MANTIONS,e.t.c.UNTIL THE DAY THE FLOOD COVERED THE WHOLE EARTH.SO IS NOW,PEOPLE ARE BUILDING MANTIONS,OBTAINING MASTERS,SLEEPING ON MONEY,OWNING JETS,REGALISING OMOSEXUAL,ABORTION e.t.c UNTIL GOD IS PROVOKED TO THE END,AND DISASTER FOLLOWS.I WASH MY HAND LORD JESUS AS PILATE DID.REMEMBER MY NAME ON THAT DAY MY SAVIOUR.

    Yaba'
    July 4, 2017 at 12:25 am
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  7. that’s why,you go ahead and name your child angela markel beyonce bwalya.for what? how do you expect that child to behave? she will be a prostitute or a lesbian.These so called whites, they have less regard for God.some they don’t even believe in his existance.those are the people whose their names you are importing all in the name of expecting your child to have a gright future.lie.have you ever seen a white man musonda or silwimba bebore? we have people with only zambian native names who have made it in life,e.g chishimba kambwili,HH,RB,kalusha bwalya e.t.c. I will never give an english to any of my children and see if they ll’won’t make it in life.see the behaviour of the so called white people.to hell with their dirty money.

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    July 4, 2017 at 12:53 am
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