German Chancellor Angela Merkel Signals Change In Marriage Equality Position
German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to be signaling a change on her same-sex marriage stance. She's now stated her support of a free vote in parliament on the issue of marriage equality.
From The Guardian:
Speaking at an event organised by the magazine Brigitte, the German chancellor said she felt aggrieved that debate was mainly carried out along party lines and that she hoped it would be “headed towards a conscience vote”.
It is widely believed the Bundestag would legalise gay marriage in a free vote on the issue.
Could Germany be headed for a parliament vote on marriage equality?
Merkel also noted her evolution on gay and lesbian couples having the legal right to adopt children. Merkel stated back in 2013 that she was "unsure" about gay couples adopting children citing uncertainty over "what is good for the child." Her position seems to have changed.
At this week’s event, Merkel claimed that a visit to the home of a lesbian couple looking after eight foster children in her constituency in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern had led her to reconsider her position. If youth welfare offices were happy to trust same-sex couples to look after eight children, then it was difficult for the state to use child welfare as part of its argument against adoption by LGBT people.
Thoughts on where Germany is headed with regards to LGBT rights?