İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-01.07.2017-  Germany’s parliament, Bundestag, has voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

The draft presented by  the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) under an amendment entitled “marriage for all’’, was accepted with 393 votes against 226. It was supported majorly by Leftist and Greens. Nevertheless, the strongest person in the cabinet, Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen voting with a red card which means she is adjacent to the law. Similar to Chancellor, several members of CDU/CSU were voted for ‘’No’’.

After the vote, she told to reporters “For me, marriage in German law is marriage between a man and a woman and that is why I did not vote in favor of this bill today”.

On the other hand, Johannes Kahrs, an SPD politician known for his LGBT campaigning, criticized Merkel and “Frau Merkel, thanks for nothing.”

In Germany, it is allowed for same-sex couples to enter civil partnerships since 2001 but same-sex marriages were illegal until now. The draft law could only be signed by the President after 7 July.

The Netherlands was the first European country that legalized same-sex marriages, in 2001. It was followed by Belgium, Spain, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Denmark, France and the UK.

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