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‘Ja’ at last: 1st same-sex couples in Germany to wed Sunday

On Sunday, Germany will become the 23rd country to allow same-sex marriages.

world Updated: Oct 01, 2017 08:42 IST
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Chancellor Angela Merkel had for years opposed same-sex marriage, only agreeing to let Parliament hold a free vote on the matter in June(Reuters File)

Almost 40 years after their first kiss, Karl and Bodo are getting hitched.

The two civil servants are expected to become the first gay couple to tie the knot in Germany when a law allowing same-sex marriages takes effect on Sunday.

Karl Kreile told reporters the big day will be “an emotional moment full of symbolism.”

In 2001, Germany became one of the world’s first countries to allow same-sex couples to register for partnerships with some spousal rights.

But Chancellor Angela Merkel for years opposed same-sex marriage, only agreeing to let Parliament hold a free vote on the matter in June. A majority of lawmakers backed the move, making Germany the 23rd country to allow same-sex marriages.

Kreile and his partner, Bodo Mende, will marry in Schoeneberg, a traditional centre of gay life in Berlin.

First Published: Sep 30, 2017 21:07 IST