GERMANY: Court Rejects Bid To Force Marriage Vote

The Associated Press reports:

Germany’s highest court has rejected an opposition party’s attempt to force a parliamentary vote on introducing gay marriage before September’s national election.

The opposition Greens and Left Party, as well as parliament’s upper house, have proposed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. The governing coalition is divided on the issue and the lower house’s legal affairs committee has repeatedly delayed dealing with it.

The Federal Constitutional Court said Tuesday it rejected the Greens’ application for an injunction ordering the committee to send the bills to lawmakers for a vote in parliament’s last pre-election session June 30.

Earlier this week Germany’s Green Party declared marriage equality to be a condition of joining a coalition government following the election.

  • Rambie

    Queue the Professor Farnsworth GIF. 🙂

    OT but the search for Earth-like planets continues with new mission

    • Treant

      Germany’s got electrolytes!

  • Kruhn

    Angela, you’re now the Leader of the Free World. I know the CSU probably has you under the gun. Call for a free vote on marriage equality. It’s a good thing, plus gurrrrl! You want to be upstaged by the Irish, the Spaniards, and the French?

  • Ninja0980

    Not the best way to set an example as the new leader of the free world.

    • David L. Caster

      Certainly not by goose stepping into the past.

  • Rex

    Progress is slow.
    It will happen, but patience is required.
    Dragging people kicking and screaming is time consuming.

    • Gustav2

      Dragging conservative snowflakes is even more difficult.

    • Rambie

      Evolution is a messy and slow process

    • Blake Jordan

      But like Australia, it is the German government that is stopping it, even though the vast majority of the population supports it…

      • Schlukitz

        German governments, no matter who is in power, have always had a stick up their ass about LGBT folks. Look how long it took them just to legalize homosexuality.

        Conservative Merkel felt shunned when Frump refused to shake her hand but she is ok with refusing to shake the hand of LGBT folks by denying them their legal rights.

    • bambinoitaliano
      • Dejerrity

        That’s how I got married.

      • The_Wretched

        Did she upset the Black Goat of the Forest who has 100 0Young?

    • Johannes Stier

      The thing is, a majority of the people here in Germany don’t have to be convinced. Every poll shows that around 80% support marriage equality. We are just repeating the same old arguments again and again. So at this point, people are just frustrated.

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    • Mihangel apYrs

      Merkel is slow – in fact I think she is the only one holding marriage equality up.

      • Schlukitz

        I wonder where she stood on women’s rights?

        • Mihangel apYrs

          I don’t know, though I assume she’s in favour. I our case she’s working on personal and emotional reasoning – not objective.

          Mutti is out of step with the rest of the secular nations in the EU as well as many, many Germans. It could affect her election

  • bambinoitaliano
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  • Tawreos

    Considering that ~70 years ago Germans were putting gay people into camps and ovens to be even considering this is remarkable. They will get there, sooner or later.

  • Blake Jordan

    This is why Merkel does not get the “Leader of the Free World” title, since it does not go to the USA president currently…

    • Todd20036

      Good point

  • j.martindale

    Conservatives everywhere are the enemy. Dragging their feet, resenting progress, oppressing the “other,” and basically doing what they can to make everyone’s lives miserable.

    • David L. Caster

      They are indeed a pox on the body politic.