Jump to navigation. Read Our Feature Series. Germany's unexpected legalization of gay marriage last year has created a pastoral dilemma for the country's Roman Catholic bishops, who campaigned against the "marriage for all" bill and now have to maintain that doctrinal stand while also showing respect for gay and lesbian parishioners. Roman Catholicism firmly opposes same-sex marriage as unnatural, so even Germany's creative theologians have little leeway there. But the theology of giving a blessing to a gay couple is less clear, and two bishops have now spoken out in favor of considering some form of benediction as a way to adjust to the changing times.
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Same-sex marriage in Germany has been recognized since 1 October A bill for legalisation passed the Bundestag on 30 June and the Bundesrat on 7 July. Previously, from until , registered life partnerships German : Eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft [a] had been available for same-sex couples. The benefits granted by these partnerships were gradually extended by the Federal Constitutional Court German : Bundesverfassungsgericht throughout several rulings until they provided for most but not all of the rights of marriage.
A new report details the most dangerous—and safest—places for gay travelers. According to the report, a few factors, such as adoption recognition and worker protections, may not affect travelers directly but are a good indication of overall attitudes within the culture. A view of the Lagos skyline in Nigeria, which was named the most dangerous place in the world for There, people can be put in prison for up to 14 years just for being gay, and some states even have the death penalty under Sharia law. Same-sex marriage has been legal there since , and the country has more Pride festivals per capita than anywhere else in the world.
The German Chancellor was seen voting with a red card , indicating a no vote, at the end of a heated debate in the Bundestag. Political analysts said that despite condemnation from critics over her no vote, Ms Merkel had trodden a careful line on same-sex marriage. While endearing herself to right-wing voters on a personal level, she ultimately allowed the vote to happen by freeing the centre-left Social Democratic Party SPD from their obligation as a coalition partner not to put the bill forward. Jan-Marco Luczak, a CDU representative who was one of 75 politicians from the party who voted for the measure, urged his fellow members to join him. The Greens celebrated with rainbow confetti and a cake when the result of the vote was announced on Friday morning.
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