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Germany legalises gay marriage ខែ​ឧសភា 19, 2010

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(Source BBC : Wednesday, 1 August, 2001, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK)

The first men to be married celebrate in Hanover

The first gay couples in Germany have tied the knot after a new law came into power allowing a form of gay marriage.

It should cause something to be recognised as normal everywhere in Germany that was never abnormal
Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit

Gudrun Pannier and Angelika Baldow took their vows in Berlin to become the first couple to marry.”It is exciting to be the first couple and for us it is a great honour,” said Ms Baldow.

The first men off the mark were Heinz Friedrich Harre and his partner Reinhard Luechow, who were married in Hanover.

In Hamburg, where an informal gay partnership has been allowed for two years, a “mass wedding” of 15 couples will take place attended by prominent politicians including the leader of the Green Party, Claudia Roth.

Register offices around Germany said their switchboards were jammed with calls from gay couples.

But there have been delays implementing the law in some parts of the country as three states attempt to overturn the legislation at the constitutional court.

Rights and responsibilities

Germany’s version of gay marriage will give couples the same inheritance and tenants’ rights as heterosexual married couples.

A foreigner legally joined in a gay partnership to a German will also gain the right to citizenship here.Partners will also have a responsibility to maintain and support the other if he or she is in financial difficulties.

But attempts to give same-sex partners the same tax and welfare benefits as those enjoyed by straight couples were defeated in the upper house of the German parliament where Chancellor Schroeder’s coalition is in a minority.

And unlike gay couples in the neighbouring Netherlands, German couples will not have the right to adopt.

Legal battle

The states of Bavaria, Saxony and Thueringen are still engaged in a legal battle over the partnership law, claiming that it undermines the constitutional protection of the family.

Although an earlier ruling by the constitutional court ordered all states to implement the law pending a final decision on its constitutionality, some states have not yet done so.

Now gay couples are taking legal action to try to force the law to be implemented.

Despite the difficulties the legislation has faced, the gay community considers it a triumph after years of campaigning.

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, who recently announced that he was gay, said it was “a great step forward”.

“It should cause something to be recognised as normal everywhere in Germany that was never abnormal,” he said.





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