Germany has borne witness to an undulating wave in the change of opinions pertaining to their stand on same-sex couples and the rights that they have been offered over the course of the century.
From 1920’s when the tolerance for the gay was aeons ahead of it’s time to the Nazi regime that overhauled the popular opinion to persecute thousands of homosexual citizens, Germany has seen tumultuous changes in its treatment of the gays.
In spite of its Liberal past, the first same-sex marriage in Germany comes at a time when other European countries such as Ireland, a Catholic traditional country, have whizzed way past their stymied conservatism.
First Same-Sex Marriage In Germany
A small wedding ceremony with 60 in attendance (barring the journalists), in the town hall “Golden Room” in Schoenberg, Berlin, heralded in a new era and a rainbow flag with the words “marriage for all” on the cake saw to an equally fitting metaphor. The couple, Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende have been long-standing staunch bastions of same-sex marriage and were equally thrilled to be the famed harbingers of the new dawn that exalted gays to a position that they never enjoyed. Gay couples now have equal footing as other parents in child adoption rights and their “marriage” is now recognized and won’t simply be referred to as “civil unions”, legalised in 2001 under a green left government. The law also grants them equality in areas like taxes and inheritance.
Gay couples now have equal footing as other parents in child adoption rights and their “marriage” is now recognized and won’t simply be referred to as “civil unions”, legalised in 2001 under a green left government. The law also grants them equality in areas like taxes and inheritance.
While most believe that the popular vote seemingly belies the conservative party’s stand on the issue, statistics bring very interesting insights to the fore- Merkel’s stand on the issue is out of tune with its own voter base as a total of 61 percent of voters for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Union said they were up for legalization.
- At least 70 MPs from Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU party union voted for the bill.
- A poll conducted in 2015 also suggests that 68% of the conservative supporters were in favour of the same-sex marriages while the national opinion mounts at a close 83%.
- Social Democrat and Die Linke (left party) voters both gave 79% approval to same-sex marriage, while 87% of Green voters were in favour.
- For the church congregation, 68% of Catholics were in favour and 67% of Protestants were in favour by 2015 itself.
- 63% said that gay couples could handle kids just as well, only 19% saying they’d be worse.
Germany has been one of the few countries where the supposed rift between two schools of thoughts on the issue of Gay marriage is pretty much nonexistent and the fact that it took them so long to put a law in place in 2017 is just as striking.
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