On Friday, June 30, the German Parliament (Bundestag) voted for a law recognizing same-sex marriages in Germany. Over 393 deputies voted against – 226, and four abstained.
Earlier, the Christian democratic Union (253 seats), headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and his longtime partner, the Christian social Union (56 seats) opposed the bill, said RIA Novosti.
Merkel herself said that marriage can only be considered as a Union between a man and a woman, but talk show on Monday, June 26, the Chancellor made it clear that the law is not completely rejected.
Recall that on 1 August 2001 in Germany was officially legalized same-sex unions. However, over the next 15 years, the authorities were opposed to the recognition of such unions as full marriages.
Now Germany will be among the countries where same-sex couples could register marriages. In this list are: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, USA, Uruguay, Finland, France, Sweden, South Africa. In some other countries registration of such marriages are possible at the regional level.
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