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Germany: LGBT community celebrates gay marriage bill in front of Merkel's office02:19

Germany: LGBT community celebrates gay marriage bill in front of Merkel's office

Germany, Berlin
June 30, 2017 at 10:34 GMT -00:00 · Published

Around 400 members of the LGBT community gathered in front of the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Friday, following the vote on the gay marriage bill, which passed earlier in the Bundestag.

Of a total of 623 votes cast, the bill passed by 393 to 226, with four abstentions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly voted against the bill.

"I thank you for this and today it went through so fast and as people say - this is a day to celebrate," said Mechthild Rawert, a member of the SPD party, told protesters.

The voting took place three months before the German elections and only a few days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that she no longer objects to a vote on the measure, mentioning her hopes that the vote on the legalisation becomes a "matter of conscience.” The bill also allows same-sex couples to adopt children.

Despite opposition from senior members of the main member of the country’s coalition, Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), the other party in government, the Social Democrats (SPD), along with the Left Party and Greens, both in opposition, forced the issue onto the parliamentary agenda.

Germany: LGBT community celebrates gay marriage bill in front of Merkel's office02:19
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Around 400 members of the LGBT community gathered in front of the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Friday, following the vote on the gay marriage bill, which passed earlier in the Bundestag.

Of a total of 623 votes cast, the bill passed by 393 to 226, with four abstentions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly voted against the bill.

"I thank you for this and today it went through so fast and as people say - this is a day to celebrate," said Mechthild Rawert, a member of the SPD party, told protesters.

The voting took place three months before the German elections and only a few days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that she no longer objects to a vote on the measure, mentioning her hopes that the vote on the legalisation becomes a "matter of conscience.” The bill also allows same-sex couples to adopt children.

Despite opposition from senior members of the main member of the country’s coalition, Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), the other party in government, the Social Democrats (SPD), along with the Left Party and Greens, both in opposition, forced the issue onto the parliamentary agenda.

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