Germany approves Gay Marriage
With a wide margin and a clear majority, The German members of Parliament have voted to have same-sex marriage legalised. This is coming at the heels of relinquishing her opposition to a free vote on the issue by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
If the bill passes through the German’s upper House (Bundesrat) next week, it most likely would, homosexuals couples in Germany will now enjoy same rights as heterosexual couples. This will allow the former to get married and adopt children jointly.
The vote scaled through by 393 votes to 226 with four abstained.
With this vote, the German legal code will now have a provision that says: “Marriage is entered into life by two people of different or same sex”
As soon as it becomes official and signed into law, Germany will now join more than 20 countries worldwide who have legalized same-sex marriage, a reflection of the minds of Two-thirds or 83% of Germans who are in support of same-sex marriage as reported by a recent survey by YouGov poll, CNN reports.
But in what would be regarded as a soft-pedaling of her stoic stance on the issue, on June 26 in an on-stage interview with the women’a magazine, Brigitte, she responded that since other parties are in for same sex marriage, she would allow a free vote on the matter.
This represents a fundamental shift for Mrs. Merkel, and also for the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) which had an unwavering opposition to same-sex marriage and had always promoted the traditional family values.
This remarkable shift in Merkel’s stand may not be unconnected with the forthcoming September’s election with her main rivals and potential coalition partners coming out in full support of marriage for all.
The possible coalitions, Green party and the FDP had already maintained that they would review any coalition deals with Merkel if the issue of same-sex marriage is not fully agreed on.