With a vote of 393 to 226, Germany has brought itself into line with much of Western Europe, rejecting the arguments made by the country’s conservative Christian factions.
Chancellor Angela Merkel herself, who heads the Christian Democratic Union, opposed the bill. However, once she opened the measure to a vote earlier in the week, she had full reason to expect the measure’s passage.
“For me, marriage in the constitution is marriage between man and woman, and therefore I did not vote in favor of this bill,” she said.
Over the last decade, Merkel has prevented the matter from any consideration at all, and over that time the attitudes about the rights of LGBTQ people in Germany and the rest of the world have changed.
Support for same-sex marriage among Germans is at an all-time high and shows no signs of diminishing. In a YouGov poll conducted in May, 66 percent of participants favored legalization of same-sex marriage.