Wednesday 21 March 2018

Germany’s parliament has voted to legalise same-sex marriage and people are full of praise

Congratulations Germany has been trending on Twitter since the announcement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Michael Sohn/AP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Michael Sohn/AP)

By Jessica Pitocchi

Germany has become the latest country to vote to legalise same-sex marriage and the internet is very, very happy about it.

The snap vote in the country’s parliament came only days after Chancellor Angela Merkel changed her longstanding position.

On Monday she decided that politicians could take up the issue as a “question of conscience”, meaning members of her conservative coalition – which has been against same-sex marriage – were freed to vote individually.

Members of the Bundestag in Berlin voted 393 in favour of legalising “marriage for everybody”, with 226 against and four abstentions.

Merkel was among those who voted against, saying she believes the country’s law sees marriage as between a man and a woman. But she said that the opposite view must be respected.

With the vote coming during Pride Month, a global celebration of the LGBT community, many people have seen it as perfect timing.

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