Is Gay Marriage Legal in Germany?

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Same-sex marriage has been in Germany legal since October 1, 2017. A bill for the legalization of same-sex marriage passed the Bundestag on June 30, 2017, and the Bundesrat on July 7 that year. It was then signed into law on July 20, 2017, by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and published in the Federal Law Gazette on July 28, 2017.

The governing CDU/CSU had previously refused to legislate on the issue of same-sex marriage. Germany was the first country in Central Europe to legalize same-sex marriage, the 15th in Europe overall, and also the 23rd worldwide.

Previously, from 2001 until 2017, the country had recognized registered life partnerships for same-sex couples. The benefits granted by these partnerships were eventually extended by the Federal Constitutional Court throughout several rulings until they provided for most, but not all, of the rights of marriage.

Is Gay Marriage Legal in Germany?

Gay marriage is legal in Germany. After the legalization, 680 same-sex couples married in Berlin from October to the end of December 2017, 97 in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, and 100 in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, while the remaining couples married in the 9 other boroughs.


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