Berlin, Germany: July 21, 2017
Glückliche Zeiten: “Happy Times” to our German Rainbow Sisters and Brothers.
Thursday, July 21, 2017 will be noted as a “Rainbow Celebration” day of marriage equality. Germany’s President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, signed legislation that will allow gays and lesbians to marry in the Fall/Autumn of this year.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservative party had long been reluctant to budge on the issue, said earlier that she would allow lawmakers to vote according to their conscience.
German lawmakes signed the legislation on June 30 2017 and the gay community world-wide is celebrating. I know my German straight friends are happy for us all. (paula)
Civil Partnership Since 2001
Germany has allowed registered life partnerships for same-sex couples since 2001, initially with far fewer rights than married couples enjoyed. For instance, same-sex partners couldn’t file joint tax returns, which had a negative financial impact on their day-to-day lives. Litigation and a succession of legislative changes eventually brought these rights in line, although not in the case of joint adoption.
The change brings it into line with many other western European countries.
“Marriage is a question of love and responsibility and not of gender,” Katarina Barley, the Minister for Families, said.
Barley, whose center-left party pushed for legalizing same-sex marriage, said that “marriage for everyone makes Germany a more modern country.”
The Injust Impact of the Bible:
The Christian-conservative politicians in Germany who claim that marriage has always been the same – the union between one man and one woman (always in that order). What is ironic is the fact that the Old Testament cites numerous Biblical characters who had many wives and in some cases wives with the addition of concubines. Apart from imposing a religion on citizens, these people ignore the fact that marriage has constantly changed: not only has marriage historically been a form of ownership of women, but it was also only 82 years ago that marriage between Jewish and non-Jewish citizens was criminalised in Germany. Public opinion does not reflect this conservatism with 80% – and even 62% of Christian democrat voters – in favour of equal rights.
Merkel said visiting a lesbian couple who had been trusted by social services to foster many children was life-changing. However, these religious bigots (world-wide) would rather see orphans remain in institutions than be with loving same-sex couples.
We celebrate with you German Rainbow sisters and brothers.
Noch ein Bier, bitte. (Another beer, please.)
Glückliche Zeiten – Happy Times.