GERMANY – MERKEL DISMISSES MARRIAGE EQUALITY


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has poured cold water on hopes that Germany would be the next country to embrace marriage equality. Speaking after the Irish referendum, Merkel’s spokesperson said: “Today was an important milestone in dismantling discrimination and the Chancellor is pleased about that, but same-sex marriages are not a goal of this government. Every country makes its own laws – some countries go one route while others go another. In Germany we’ll take a path that suits Germany.” Approximately 75% of Germans support marriage equality, however, it is believed that the influential conservatives in Merkel’s party, the Christian Democrats, are holding the country back from full equality.

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