Germany to Have Same-sex Marriage and Adoption Rights

  The German Parliament has voted to legalise same-sex marriage – and same-sex couples will have the right to adopt children. Until now only civil partnerships were available to same-sex couples, but Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a free vote. Norbert Lammert, president of the parliament, said 393 lawmakers voted to approve the amendment, while 226 […]

Germany Challenges Binary Gender Definition

This autumn Germany will become the first European country to offer three options on a child’s birth certificate. According to Spiegel Online International, German Birth Certificates from November 1st  will have three options: the traditional ‘male’ and ‘female’ and a ‘blank’ option. The additional choice permits children born with both male and female traits to choose […]

Germany: Anguish for Merkel As Same Sex Couples Win Tax Breaks

Germany’s top court has told Angela Merkel same-sex partners in civil unions the right to the same tax benefits as married heterosexual couples. Ruling today (6 June), the Federal Constitutional Court said their judgment would apply retroactively to 1 August 2001. This could mean millions could be making its way to gay couples in civil […]