DW – June 30, 2017
Homosexual couples in Germany will now be able to marry and adopt children under a new law passed by parliament. The move brings Germany into line with several other European countries.
The German parliament, or Bundestag, on Friday passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in a snap vote that made it onto the agenda before the summer break after a surprise shift by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The bill passed by 393 to 226, with four abstentions. Merkel herself voted against the bill, although her comments helped bring it about.
However, more than 70 members of Merkel’s conservative bloc must have voted in favor of the bill for it to pass.