The Politics Behind Germany’s Vote to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a press statement after the German parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage, Berlin, June 30, 2017 (AP photo by Markus Schreiber).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a press statement after the German parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage, Berlin, June 30, 2017 (AP photo by Markus Schreiber).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on LGBT rights and discrimination in various countries around the world. The recent vote by German MPs to legalize same-sex marriage was seen as an example of the law catching up with public opinion. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was certain same-sex marriage would be approved, voted against it herself, leaving people guessing as to whether her vote reflected her values or was a strategic calculation. In an email interview, Dr. Beate Küpper, social psychologist on the Faculty of Social Services at the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in […]

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