2017 isn't even half over and it's already felt like a pretty rough year. Frankly, we're all starved for good news, and some has finally come. Germany's Parliament just voted to legalize same-sex marriage in a total landslide. And they got in in before Pride Month ended!
BuzzFeed News reports that the bill legalizing same-sex marriage, which will grant full marital rights to gay and lesbian couples and allow them to adopt children, passed with a vote of 393 votes to 226. A lot of conservative MPs voted in favor of the bill. Unfortunately, Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the change, citing her personal beliefs, but it seems like she has accepted the decision of Parliament.
“For me, marriage as it’s meant in the constitution is marriage between a man and a woman, and that’s why I voted against today," Merkel said after the vote. "It was a long, intense, and emotionally touching debate. That’s true for me personally as well. That’s why I hope that with this vote we were able to create not only mutual respect between the different positions, but also a bit more peace and unity in society.”
In fact, Merkel has long resisted allowing a vote on the issue to take place at all, but she was recently invited to have dinner at the house of a lesbian couple who were fostering eight children. Merkel was so moved by their work, she made comments about how gay couples should be allowed to adopt, which other politicians used to force the matter into a vote this week before the Parliamentary session ended.
Now, we celebrate:
No expensive, divisive opinion poll - just a parliament doing its job. Well done Germany. Let's get on with it in Australia.— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) June 30, 2017
So happy to finally hear some good news in the media. Congrats To Germany for legalizing gay marriage!!! What a great time to be alive!— Kim Chi (@KimChi_Chic) June 30, 2017
Yay to Germany for doing the right thing for gay people. The future is forward, not backward.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) June 30, 2017
So happy to hear Germany voted for marriage equality last night! Welcome to the right side of history!! ❤️💛💚💙💜— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) June 30, 2017
Welcome to the right side of history, indeed. We're all clinging to it as hard as we can!