Gay couples can now get married and adopt children in Germany, thanks to a snap vote made just before the German parliament’s summer break.
On Friday, Germany’s Bundestag legalized gay marriage, passing the bill 393 to 226, with four abstentions. Prior to the vote, gay couples were recognized as civil partnerships.
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Merkel explained her vote by stating she recognized marriage as a union between a man and a woman as under the German constitution. However, she said she felt that same-sex couples should be able to adopt children, and hoped the legalization led to “social cohesion and peace.”