After Merkel's nod German parliament approves same-sex marriageStaff Writer | June 30, 2017
German lawmakers have voted to legalize same-sex marriage only days after Chancellor Angela Merkel changed her longstanding position.
Equality A question of conscience
Merkel herself voted against the measure, but paved the way for Friday's vote after saying Monday that lawmakers could take up the issue as a "question of conscience" — freeing members of her conservative coalition, which has been against same-sex marriage, to individually vote for it.
Germany has allowed same-sex couples to enter civil partnerships since 2001, but same-sex marriages remain illegal. ■