Germany bursts into celebration as same-sex marriage is finally legal
In 2001, even though Germany allowed civil unions between same-sex couples, it isn't until now that LGBT couples can legally marry like their heterosexual counterparts. One of the significant rights that same-sex German couples demanded was the right to adopt children, and with the passing of the bill, it seems such a demand will be finally fulfilled.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, daughter of a Lutheran pastor herself said that “a marriage under German law is only between a man and woman,” and hence decided to vote against the bill.
However, Merkel did not coerce her party members or coalition partners to follow her decision, who instead cast the vote based on their conscience. As a result, the Bundestag or the lower house voted in favour of the bill, with 393 voting for, 226 voting against and four abstentions.
The bill will now be passed on to the Bundesrat, Germany’s upper house, and will become a law only when German President Frank Walter Steinmeier officially approves it after 7 July.
While many came to the streets to celebrate the historic judgment, one must ask weather it’s too little too late? The legacy of homophobia has taken too long to dissolve in Germany, and while it is a step forward, it is clear that Germany missed the boat on this one.