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German Parliament Paves Way for Same-Sex Marriage

Germany has allowed same-sex couples to enter civil partnerships since 2001, but same-sex marriages remain illegal

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    German lawmakers have agreed to put the legalization of same-sex marriage to a vote in parliament's last session before its summer break, paving the way for the likely passage of the law.

    Bringing the measure to a vote in Friday's session, the last before September elections, was fast-tracked after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday lawmakers could take up the issue as a "question of conscience," freeing members of her conservative coalition, which has been against same-sex marriage, to individually vote for the measure.

    Germany has allowed same-sex couples to enter civil partnerships since 2001, but same-sex marriages remain illegal.

    All of Merkel's potential coalition partners after the Sept. 4 election, including the center-left Social Democrats of her challenger, Martin Schulz, have been calling for same-sex marriage to be legalized.

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