Germany Welcomes Marriage Equality
Germany welcomes marriage equality, making it the 23rd country in the world to do so.
393 politicians voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. 266 voted against.
Although Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against same-sex marriage, it is believed that her recently softened stance helped to ease her conservative party’s opposition to gay marriage.
Thanks to the vote, same-sex couples will be able to enjoy full marital rights, and adopt children.
The revised German legal code will now read:
"Marriage is entered into for life by two people of different or the same sex."
Said Markus Ulrich from the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany to Gay Star News:
"We are feeling really emotional.
"Especially for people who have fought for 25 years for this moment. It’s quite amazing. It’s super exciting. We’re really thankful."
"It’s not just a victory for gay and lesbian people. It’s not just an emotional day for gay and lesbian people. It’s a great day for German society."
Thanks to the amended law, that could be signed as early as July 7, same-sex couples should be able to get married as early as September.