A new poll conducted by survey company Emnid for Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag revealed that 75 percent of Germans favour full legal equality for gay people in life partnerships. But despite that the German government has ruled out any progress on equal marriage due to a strict coalition agreement.

Since 1 August 2001, Germany has registered partnerships (Eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft) for same-sex couples, providing most but not all rights of marriage. In 2004, this act was amended to include adoption rights (stepchild adoption only) and to reform previously cumbersome dissolution procedures with regard to division of property and alimony. Attempts to give equal rights to registered partners or to legalize same-sex marriage have generally been blocked by the CDU/CSU, the main party in government since 2005. All other main parties (SPD, The Greens, The Left and FDP) support full LGBT equality. The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany has issued various rulings in favor of equal rights for same-sex registered partners (such as joint tax filing benefits), requiring the governing coalition to change the law.

It’s embarrassing for a country that sees itself as a kind of Western role model. As much as I respect Angela Merkel for her actions during the European Refugee Crisis, that’s one of the things she completely failed at. She even said in an interview that the thought of equality for same-sex couples makes her uncomfortable. Germany will get there eventually, maybe in ten more years.

Thirteen European countries currently recognise and perform same-sex marriages – Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Britain.

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A new poll conducted by survey company Emnid for Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag revealed that 75 percent of Germans favour full legal equality for gay people in life partnerships. But despite that the German government has ruled out any progress on equal marriage due to a strict coalition...