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As news came that the bill had passed — convincingly — they broke out into loud cheers, wept tears of joy and exchanged kisses. Some popped champagne corks in celebration despite the early hour.
This was the day that some had doubted would ever come. And now, in the space of a few days, an offer by Chancellor Angela Merkel to allow lawmakers a free vote on the issue has become all but law. People celebrate outside the Chancellery in Berlin after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
Asked if he had any marriage plans, Reschke laughed and looked at his partner as he responded.
I think Merkel said it on Monday and today is Friday and we have a new law. The change means his dream of marriage is now possible, he said, as is his hope of one day adopting children. Hannah Klaubert, 26, said it was important to be visible on such a ificant day — and that the fight for equality was not over. Speaking after Married sex Germany bill passed, Merkel — who had until Monday opposed the holding of a free vote on the issue — said she had voted no, but that it had been important to put it to a vote of conscience.
Klaubert said she was unimpressed by the way the Chancellor handled the issue. Software developer Sebastian Vetter told CNN he had braved the downpour to be part of the historic moment. Now we got the chance and we have to use it. While he has no immediate plans to get married, Vetter is very happy to now have that option.
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Photo editor: Brett Roegiers. Andreas Reschke kisses his boyfriend after the result was announced.
Nico and Jan came to Berlin from Dresden to witness the historic moment. Hannah Klabuert hugs her partner.Married sex Germany
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