Germany legalises same-sex marriage

Jarrod Sierocki

There were cheers in the Bundestag in Berlin on June 30 as it was announced that a bill to legalize same-sex marriage had been passed. The vote was carried by a margin of 393 to 226. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was among those who voted against, supported the introduction of the bill, and allowed a free vote to members of her own party. Her stance was criticized from the floor of the Bundestag by SPD member Johannes Kahrs, who called it “pathetic and embarrassing.” Credit: Bundestag via Storyful

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against it, but the parliament has voted to legalise same-sex marriage. Picture: Tobias SCHWARZ

GERMANY has voted to legalise same-sex marriage.

The country’s parliament voted in favour of the change after Chancellor Angela Merkel did an about-face that freed members of the conservative party to vote their conscience rather than follow party lines.

Jarrod Sierocki

Green Party’s gay rights activist Volker Beck, front right, and fellow faction members celebrate with …

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