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Friday, June 30, 2017

Germany legalises same-sex marriage Friday June 30,2017

German lawmakers voted on Friday June 30,2017 to legalise same-sex marriage after a short but emotional debate, bringing the country in line with many of its Western peers. Though Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the measure, she paved the way for its passage by freeing other members of her party to vote their "conscience."

Lawmakers voted 393 for legalising “marriage for everybody” and 226 against, with four abstentions.

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Germany has allowed same-sex couples to enter civil partnerships since 2001, but has not granted them full marital rights, which include the possibility to jointly adopt children

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