BREAKING NEWS: German Parliament Approves Same-Sex Marriage

30 Jun, 2017
The German Parliament approved a proposal on Friday allowing same-sex marriage, after a short, suddenly scheduled debate.

The country’s normally staid politics were jolted in the direction of approving gay marriage last weekend when two major political parties said they would make the legislation a condition of any future coalition agreement with the Christian Democrats, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term in the general election in September.

Ms. Merkel reacted swiftly by easing her party’s stance against same-sex marriage and freeing individual lawmakers to vote on the issue as they saw fit.

Same-sex couples in Germany have been able to live together in civil unions since 2001, and opinion polls have shown for years that most Germans favor legalizing same-sex marriage. But conservatives have consistently blocked the issue from coming to a vote in Parliament.