Parliament In Germany Approves Identical-Sex Marriage

Approval of same-sex marriage in Germany could build momentum for similar legislation in other German-speaking countries, like Austria and Switzerland, said Katrin Hugendubel, advocacy director of ILGA-Europe, a gay and transgender rights group.
In our cultural circles, marriage has for centuries been a union between man and woman,” said Volker Kauder, the parliamentary leader of the conservative bloc of the Christian Democrats and the Christian Social Union.
Last week, the German Parliament voted to void the convictions of 50,000 men punished under an anti-gay law repealed in 1994.
Gerda Hasselfeldt, who heads the Christian Social Union in parliament, argued that while all Germans deserved respect, conventional marriage was the foundation of family-life and was the “basis of order in our state.”“To me it remains clear that same sex partnership is not the same thing as a marriage.
She said the developments in Germany illustrated the difference that opposition parties can make.

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