Same-sex marriage bill splits Merkel’s bloc

Some lawmakers in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc spoke against legislation approving same-sex marriage, but Berlin Christian Democrat Jan-Marco Luczak urged his fellow party members to vote yes.
Luczak said: “It would be absurd to try and protect marriage by preventing people to marry.”
Many applauded Merkel’s comments that opened the way for the vote, but Social Democrat lawmaker Johannes Kahrs noted in the debate that the chancellor had been a longtime opponent of gay marriage.
Kahrs said: “Many thanks for nothing.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she voted against same-sex marriage because she believes the country’s law sees it as between a man and a woman, but that the opposite view must be respected.
Parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage in a snap vote Friday. Merkel paved the way for the vote with comments earlier in the week that freed members of her conservative bloc to vote according to their conscience, rather than the party line.
She says “for me marriage as defined by the law is the marriage of a man and a woman” but she continues to see the interpretation as a “decision of conscience.”
The measure, which is expected to see legal challenges, also opens the door for gay couples to adopt — which Merkel says she supports.
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