Free and diverse: Germany votes to legalize same sex marriage

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People celebrate in front of Germany’s lower house of parliament after lawmakers voted for same-sex marriage, Berlin, Germany June 30, 2017.

In a historic vote hailed by gay activists and leftist parties, Germany’s parliament  has approved the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Hundreds of campaigners celebrated outside the Bundestag Lower House of Parliament after the vote, waving rainbow flags and placards that stated “Marriage for all – make love for all”.

 

The decision brings Germany into line with many other European nations including France, Britain and Spain and follows Chancellor Angela Merkel’s surprising determination this week to allow her lawmakers to follow their own conscience rather than the party line on the issue.

Lawmakers voted by 393 votes in favor of same-sex marriage to 226 against, with four abstentions.

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