German Parliament votes in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

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German Parliament has voted in the favour of same-sex marriage and has joined the league of several other democracies which grants equal rights to gay and lesbian couples of the country including adoption.

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393 lawmakers voted in favour, 226 voted against and four abstained while Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against legalising same-sex marriage. She sighted the reason behind her not favouring the legalisation as her personal reasons, according to the reports.

The election-year bill was forced by the leftist rival of Merkel and she was criticised in the parliament for changing her stand, while earlier she took a soft stand on the issue.

The lower house approved the law on Friday and sent cheer among all LGBT community in Germany.

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“We’re thinking about having a party, getting married and using our new rights to protect our relationship.” One of the Gay Couples said after the decision.