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German parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage - The Guardian

German MPs have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, prompting joyous and unusual scenes in parliament as Green party politicians tossed glittered confetti across the chamber and gay couples sitting in the public gallery kissed and embraced ...and more »

What to Know About the Hamburg G20 Summit - Council on Foreign Relations

The G20 summit comes amid tensions over trade, climate, and refugee policy and increased uncertainty over the U.S. commitment to multilateral institutions. Backgrounder by James McBride. June 30, 2017. The inner city of Hamburg, Germany. Christian ...and more »

Political games behind Germany's gay marriage vote - EUobserver

[Updated on 30 June at 10.00] Germany's lesbians and gays received the right to wed on Friday (30 June), when a snap vote on the issue was held in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament. But their gain was the result of political machinations ...and more »

Germany approves same-sex marriage — but Merkel votes no - VICE News

German lawmakers voted by a wide margin Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in a snap vote on the issue. The move to full marriage equality comes 16 years after Germany recognized civil partnerships, and makes Germany one of the last Western European ...and more »

Merkel: Hamburg G20 to focus on Paris climate deal - BBC News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said this year's G20 summit will focus on furthering the aims of the Paris climate deal - putting her on a direct collision course with the US president. Mrs Merkel said she knew the topic may be difficult following ...and more »

German lawmakers vote to legalize same-sex marriage; Merkel votes no - CNN

(CNN) German lawmakers voted by a wide margin to legalize same-sex marriage Friday, a landmark decision which came just days after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her longstanding opposition to a free vote on the issue. The bill gives homosexual ...and more »

Did Merkel trip on gay marriage vote, or was this more canny politics? - The Guardian

Berliners celebrate the vote to legalise same-sex marriage near the Bundestag, Germany. Photograph: Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock. Sixteen years after the Netherlands became the first country in the world to pass legislation in favour of gay marriage ...and more »

The Merkel manoeuvre - The Hindu

In a historic vote on June 30, the German Parliament approved same-sex marriage even as German Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against it. “Marriage is between a man and a woman,” she said, adding, “I hope that the vote today not only promotes respect ...and more »

Marriage Equality Moves Forward in Germany - Human Rights Campaign (blog)

HRC celebrated a vote by the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany's parliament, to make marriage equality the law of the land. Once the legislation is approved by Bundesrat, the upper house, - which is expected to be a formality - and signed into law ...and more »

At long last, Germany's bells are ringing for same-sex marriage - The Guardian

'There is a mood of celebration.' People celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images. On Friday, the lower house of the German parliament, the Bundestag, passed ...and more »