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Parliament in Germany approves same-sex marriage
12:02, 30 June 2017
Parliament in Germany approves same-sex marriage

Homosexual couples in Germany will now be able to marry and adopt children under a new law passed by parliament

12:02, 30 June 2017

 

AFP

The German parliament, or Bundestag, on Friday passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in a snap vote, Deutsche Welle reported.

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.

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Same-sex couples in Germany could already form civil unions, but they could not marry.

Germany's approval of homosexual marriages adds it to the growing list of Western countries that allow such unions. Fourteen European countries have now made gay marriage legal, with the Netherlands leading the way in 2001.

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