German MPs approve gay marriage

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German MPs have approved gay marriage in a snap vote.

Mitglieder des Bundestages  (Members of the Federal Parliament) voted 393 votes to 226 in favour. As a result, same sex couples currently confined to civil unions will now have access to full marriage, the BBC reports.

The move comes just days after longstanding Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her long-standing opposition to a vote on the issue. The veteran leader herself voted against legalisation.

The definition of marriage in German law will now read in translation:

“Marriage is entered into for life by two people of different or the same sex”.

The vote reflects a pronounced shift in public opinion. In a recent survey by a government agency, a full 83 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of same sex marriage.

Chancellor Merkel said she hoped she hoped the vote would encourage “social cohesion and peace” across Germany.

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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