German politicians have voted to legalise same-sex marriage in the last session of the Bundestag before the September election.
The matter was fast-tracked after Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that politicians 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 Mrs Merkel’s potential coalition partners after the September 4 election, including the centre-left Social Democrats of her challenger, Martin Schulz, have been calling for same-sex marriage to be legalised.
Malta is also discussing the introduction of gay marriage through the proposed Marriage Equality Act.
Source: Times of Malta