October 1, 2017 at 9:08 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Germany same-sex marriage law takes effect

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, gay news, Washington Blade

A law that allows same-sex couples to marry in Germany took effect on Oct. 1, 2017. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A law that allows same-sex couples to marry in Germany took effect on Sunday.

The lower house of the German Parliament, which is known as the Bundestag, on June 30 approved the measure by a 393-226 vote margin.

Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the bill, even though her position on whether to allow a vote on it changed. The Social Democratic, Green and Free Democratic Parties all back marriage rights for same-sex couples in the country.

Same-sex couples can legally marry in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Gibraltar, Guernsey, England, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Ireland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland. President Trump last month nominated Ric Grenell — a gay foreign policy expert who is a former chair of the California chapter of Log Cabin Republicans — to become the next U.S. ambassador to Germany.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • I was born in Germany and grew up in the US always feeling that Europe was more sophisticated and way ahead of our country in social matters. It has really surprised me that it was the US that was way ahead of many European countries such as France, Italy, and Germany, in legalizing same-sex marriage. I am still not sure why it happened this way.

    • Europe is much more bureaucratic, so it moves more slowly. Remember that the French revolution came years after the American Revolution too.

      • Liberals are changing the world for the better! Like liberals fought and ushered in Marriage Equality in America! Show some gratitude and thank, a liberal for your ability to legally marry today!

        Meanwhile, social conservatives still refuse to bake you a cake and think your marriage is fake!

        • All of the advances in the world have come from Classical Liberal Western nations, not the leftist, marxist regimes.

          Leftist regimes put gay men in jail…ie Cuba, USSR, China….so on and so on.

          You make a huge mistake thinking activists caused this change…..families and their gay children created most of this change.

          • Cuba is more accepting of gays now. .

            Russia still puts gay men in jail now and they are capitalist and a friend of Trumps. Try being openly gay in Russia!

            Yes, liberal activist caused this change. Not conservatives! Left to social conservatives marriage would be defined as between a man and a woman! Stop living in denial!

          • Classical Liberal is another term for conservative!
            You are such a loser!

          • It’s bad enough you try and revise history but now you’re trying to revise the definition of a liberal! You are a ridiculous queen with no credibility!

            I’m a liberal. You’re a leech!

            I guess you can have mental atrophy at any age! Will your hubby change your diapers?

          • LOL…Classical Liberalism isn’t progressivism….look it up if you don’t believe me!

            For a “liberal” you’re really kind of a dunce. Most “liberals” I meet have a baseline of education.

          • Miss stupid:

            Liberals are open to new behavior and opinions and disgard “traditional values” which is what you conservative try to force people to live by.

            Stop trying to hijack the GLBT movement and the achievements of liberals like myself!

            Did you notice that Trump bashes “liberals”?

            The dunce was your husband. That’s why I’m sure you’ll end up in divorce. Won’t be long before he realizes what a bore you are in bed and look elsewhere!

          • LOl…not classical liberals!

            You’re a fool! Liberals are irrelevant these days. Leftists are running the show on your side of the aisle. Good luck with them! LOL

          • Right-wing conservatives are running the show at your end like the Family Research Council and White Supremacists. It’s you who need the luck to survive them!

            Anarchist like ANTIFA which is what you likely refer to are against any form of Goverment while liberals see government as a good thing and necessary to preserve uniform rights from state to state. The states rights concept is stupid as rights must be portable not end at borders like a marriage!

          • You’re just a useful idiot! BAMN & Antifa are violent terrorist groups that people like you like to wink and smile about.

            Bamn & Antifa are scum! Just like you!

          • It’s you that smile when Richard Spencer and his crew march and get praised by your Fake POTUS as really fine people. Did you notice when they march they tell you queens to get off the street!?

            You’re the dush-hag you little right wing Be**!T!H!!!! I’ll smack your pu-cie!

            Your fake POTUS fails to protect us against terrorism like he did in Las Vegas!

          • Tsk Tsk no one believes all of your extremist language calling people names that mean nothing anymore!

            It’s kooks like you that made the Democrat party lose over 1100 seats all over the nation in elections last November!

            The Silent Majority is putting lunatics like you back in your cage! LOL

          • The silent Majority? Were they the ones that elected Obama to two terms? Last election most people hated both candidates and didn’t vote.

            As your Fake POTUS continues to fail, through his incompetence and apathy, playing golf every weekend, people will get fed up. He’s already proved he isn’t capable of defending America against terrorism better than liberals after the worst massacre in US history happened on his watch! You pathetic loser!

            When you husband starts cheating and dumps you for something better, you’ll be even more bitter! You’ll disgust him a little more each day as you get fatter and fatter!

          • Excuse me, I’m not going to politicize the tragedy in Las Vegas out of respect to the individuals who were murdered and their families. Unlike you, I have perspective and basic standards of decency with regards to sthings like this incident.

          • There is no excuse for you right wing dirt bag!!! Enough of you exploited the pulse massacre as a means to elicit hysteria from the LGBT community thinking that would unite them behind trump. Spare me your crocodile tears you cold blooded viper!

            Basic standards of decency? You mean like your fake potus ignoring the humanitarian crises on Puerto Rico for two weeks while he golfed and bashed the NFL? And when the mayor of San Juan called him on it he had the nerve to speak of ingrates? He puts debt over human needs! A cold blooded callous reptile like you!

            You oxygen deprived infinite nothing! You can’t silence us from pointing out the fact that trump is a failure at keeping us safe and can’t do a better job than obama or the dems on it! Your lies are exposed!!

    • It was long road for liberals to achieve the few legal rights that GLBT have in America today. It may seem faster, but believe me there were many set backs and backlashes every step of the way! I was born and grew up in a liberal state, and yet thanks to religious attitudes, it was extremely taboo to even say you were gay openly. It cost you friends, family and a career.You could be denied service anywhere, employment, housing and public accommodations. I recall someone telling me they wouldn’t rent to someone gay.

      I still can recall the awful anti-GLBT slurs you’d get walking in or out of a bar and how people might wait around for you to bash you. Being out in grade school was traumatic. You were considered a felon under the law and that was used as a basis to deny your any legal rights.

      Ironically, Germany was more liberal than us before WW2.

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