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Germany approves same sex marriage.

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

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