Gay couples outside the chancellery, not far from parliament, kissed and hugged after the decision was announced, waving rainbow flags and carrying signs saying “Marriage for everybody.” “We’ve been happily married for eight years, but we could never call it that,” said 38-year-old Shoshana Brandt, standing alongside her partner and their son.“We are happy and proud that we are now equal and we can live our love.” After years of lukewarm opposition to gay marriage following her party’s line, Merkel said Monday that lawmakers could take up the issue as a question of “conscience,” allowing members of her conservative coalition to individually vote for it if they wanted.Hundreds of gay activists, some with painted faces, celebrated outside the Bundestag lower house of parliament after the vote, waving rainbow flags and placards that read: "Marriage for all — make love for all."The vote has particular resonance in Germany as it unwinds a legacy of virulent homophobia.Earlier this year, Parliament agreed to grant compensation to thousands of gay men jailed under a 19th century law that was strengthened by the Nazis and only dropped in 1969 when homosexuality was decriminalised in West Germany.German chancellor Angela Merkel, on June 26, said she would allow parliamentarians to vote their own , on the next day, asked for voting before the election in September."I hope that the vote today not only promotes respect between the different opinions but also brings more social cohesion and peace", Merkel said. Normally they are the kind of people who would never dream of throwing a popsicle stick on the sidewalk.The kind of people who wash their apartment walls every week. In Heaven: the cooks are French,the policemen are English,the mechanics are German,the lovers are Italianand the bankers are Swiss.
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Germany has allowed same-sex couples to enter civil partnerships since 2001, but same-sex marriages remain illegal.
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German lawmakers have agreed to put the legalisation of same-sex marriage to a vote in parliament's last session before its summer break, paving the way for the likely passage of the law.
Bringing the measure to a vote in Friday's session, the last before September elections, was fast-tracked after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday lawmakers could take up the issue as a "question of conscience," freeing members of her conservative coalition, which has been against same-sex marriage, to individually vote for the measure.