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German lawmakers vote to legalize same-sex marriage

Fri, 30.06.2017 10:42



German lawmakers voted by a wide margin to legalize same-sex marriage Friday, a landmark decision which came just days after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her longstanding opposition to a free vote on the issue.

The bill gives homosexual couples in Germany the same rights as heterosexual couples, and will allow same-sex couples to marry and jointly adopt children. It passed by 393 votes to 226, with four abstentions.
    The bill is likely to pass through the Bundesrat -- Germany's upper house -- next week. The Bundesrat has previously approved legalizing same-sex marriage.
    Once it has been officially signed into law, Germany will enter the club of more than 20 countries where same-sex marriage is legal.
    Two-thirds of Germans said they were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in a recent YouGov poll.
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