The German Parliament plans to vote Friday on whether to legalize same-sex marriage – — only days after Chancellor Angela Merkel backed off her conservative party’s long-standing position that equal marriage risked “The well-being of children.”

Merkel surprisingly said Monday she could see lawmakers making the issue a “decision of conscience,” voting according to individual preferences rather than along party lines.

With September’s election looming, Merkel has come under increasing pressure on the issue. In the past two weeks her main rivals and potential coalition partners have all come out in support of “Ehe fur alle” (marriage for all).

Germany currently lags behind many of its European neighbors when it comes to gay rights. Germany has allowed same-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships since 2001 but cannot marry, and they are not allowed to jointly adopt children.

In 2001, the Netherlands was one of the first countries to legalize same-sex marriage. Nearly 20 other countries have followed suit, including Spain, Canada, Argentina, France, the United Kingdom and the United States in 2015.

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The German Parliament plans to vote Friday on whether to legalize same-sex marriage - — only days after Chancellor Angela Merkel backed off her conservative party’s long-standing position that equal marriage risked 'The well-being of children.' Merkel surprisingly said Monday she could see lawmakers making the issue a “decision...