Germany's justice minister has vowed to introduce legislation to permit same-sex marriages before the end of the summer, overriding the objections of the country's powerful conservative lobby. Brigitte Zypries said the government would bypass the Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament where conservatives hold the majority, to grant gay and lesbian couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. In an interview with Berliner Zeitung, Ms Zypries, a member of the ruling Social Democratic party, said: "Gay and lesbian couples are a social reality in Germany. Therefore we will grant them, as far as is compatible with constitutional rights of marriage and family, the same rights as [heterosexual] couples. Gay couples have been able to register their relationships since , but the new laws will grant them almost all of the same rights as married heterosexuals. In addition to tax benefits, gay and lesbian couples will inherit pensions and property from their partners if they die.
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The opposition grasped the chance and insisted on a snap vote. Once on the floor, a proposed amendment to existing legislation, allowing gays both to marry and to adopt children, sailed through the lower house on June 30th. Germany is now the 24th country in the world to authorise same-sex marriage. Germany was once a gay-rights pioneer. It was the eighth country to approve civil unions for same-sex partners. Only this week did she announce she had changed her mind, reportedly after having dinner with a lesbian couple who had fostered eight children. Shifting political winds may also have played a role in her conversion.
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The answer came early Friday morning, when the lower house of the German Parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage after a brisk but emotional debate, prompting Ms. Kermer and scores of other gay and lesbian Germans to celebrate in the streets. This has all happened just so fast. Merkel voted against the measure on Friday, but many of her party colleagues voted in favor, allowing it to pass easily — votes in favor and against, with four abstentions. With the passage of the measure, Germany will join Ireland , France, Spain and other nations in extending full marital rights to same-sex couples, including the right to adopt children.
In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America.