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Friday, June 30, 2017

Germany Joins the Club

Same-sex marriage is about to become the law in Germany:

The German parliament, or Bundestag, on Friday passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in a snap vote that made it onto the agenda before the summer break after a surprise shift by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The bill passed by 393 to 226, with four abstentions. Merkel herself voted against the bill, although her comments helped bring it about.

That's a rather lopsided vote, but considering that public opinions polls in Germany have been showing 70-80% support, not as lopsided as it could have been.

It still has to pass the Senate, but that's considered to be a slam dunk. Of course, there will be challenges through the courts.

And, an update on worldwide status:

Note one inaccuracy in the map: Finland's law legalizing same-sex marriage went into effect in late February.

Via Joe.My.God.

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