LIVE VIDEO: German Parliament Votes On Marriage

Germany’s Bundestag is about to vote on same-sex marriage. The first vote this morning will be to put the issue on the day’s agenda and the second vote is expected to follow within the hour. Watch below. Here’s how this came about so quickly:

The way was paved for a vote on Monday night when Merkel said she wanted the issue to become one of “conscience,” suggesting that she would allow a free vote among her own divided party.

Her Social Democrat rival for the role of chancellor, Martin Schulz, pounced on Merkel’s comments the next day, advocating an immediate vote in parliament, before September’s elections.

The bill was put on the agenda for the last day before the summer break by the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the Left party. Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc has criticized the SPD’s move, saying that they had previously agreed not to hold a parliamentary vote on the issue during their coalition.

If the below live-stream doesn’t work, try here.

  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod

    Opperman: “When marriage is given to everyone, nothing is taken from anybody!”

    • coram nobis

      And that is about as good a rationale as I’ve ever heard.

  • JoeMyGod

    Debate time is limited to 38 minutes. Such an odd number.

    • EdmondWherever

      Must be metric.

    • Bryan

      ….because 38 is 4 minutes away from 42….so we’re only 4 years away from understanding the meaning of life and the universe? But I otherwise have to disagree, that’s quite the even number.

      • BobSF_94117

        No, no. 38 is 4 minutes away from 34, which is the meaning of the universe. The extra four are a bonus for finally figuring it out.

    • Kruhn

      Is it 38 minutes per party group or 38 minutes total?

      • JoeMyGod

        Total. This will be done within the hour.

        • Kruhn

          Damn! Talk about German efficiency. Marriage equality? Jawohl! LOL

  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod

    This guy Volker Kauder is Merkel’s top lieutenant.

    • JoeMyGod

      Basically he called for “respect” for marriage opponents.

      • JoeMyGod

        “Respect? This isn’t a Christian comfort zone.”
        https://twitter.com/JasperPrigge/status/880672942383931392

        • j.martindale

          Tell me why people who have been obstructing the happiness a great numbers of gays for decades, who treat LGBT citizens as second class, who give comfort to the bigots and make the lives of others difficult deserve respect. What good are you people? That is a serious question.

  • JoeMyGod

    Katrin Goring is the leader of the Green Party, which has been pushing this the hardest….

  • Blake J Butler

    So on a scale of 1 to 10, how likely is it to pass through parliament and become law of the land ?

    I’ve been hearing a lot of yes’s but i’m not sure if that is backed up from what is currently ongoing.

    • JoeMyGod

      It’s expected to pass today and then it goes to the upper chamber for a formality vote of confirmation. However it’s possible that the right wing will later attempt a challenge on constitutional grounds.

      • scream4ever

        Yah I heard about the challenge and I don’t see how it has any chance of succeeding.

      • Shy Guy

        According to Wikipedia the bill they passed today was one which had already passed the upper house in 2015, but had been prevented from coming to a vote in the lower house by Merkel and her allies. So it’s already been passed there. I don’t know if they need to rubber stamp it again because it was so long ago, though.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recognition_of_same-sex_unions_in_Germany#Bundestag_vote_.282017.29

  • JoeMyGod

    Der Linke literally means The Left. It’s Germany’s extreme left party.

    • William

      Die Linke is partly the former Communist Party of East Germany.

    • William

      My screwed up internet connection is doing strange things to posts.

  • JoeMyGod

    This Steinbach woman is with Germany’s extreme right party, Alternative für Deutschland

  • JoeMyGod

    “Marriage for all is a conservative value.”

    https://twitter.com/arndhenze/status/880677141935001606

  • JoeMyGod

    Volker Beck is openly gay.

  • JoeMyGod

    Final vote any minute now and of course the feed is wonky.

  • JoeMyGod

    “Frau Merkel, vielen Dank für nichts!” – Johannes Kahrs

    Doesn’t need translation, does it?

    • David L. Caster

      No, it doesn’t. Funny that. And why would 16 people downvote this remark. Silly.

      • agcons

        Probably because it needs translating for them. There’s this handy-dandy Google tool that works reasonably well, but OMG the strain.

        • Hue-Man

          Doesn’t work on Trump statements! Output is always;

          DOES NOT COMPUTE.

  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod

    The Bundestag site cannot handle this traffic.

  • Andrea Pizzocaro

    Merkel voted against.

    • David L. Caster

      My guess is that was a political statement not a sentiment.

  • TheSeer

    Angela Merkel is not the leader of the free world. She is the shame of the free world.

    • Silver Badger

      Sorry. The illegitimate president already has that title.

  • leastyebejudged

    wow, not the historic moment i supposed.

    • Shy Guy

      Indeed. From the BBC article on the vote:

      Die Welt, a German national daily agreed.
      “This could have been a great moment for Germany’s parliament. But the CDU/CSU have been forced into a corner and all the joy has been drained,” it wrote.

      • David L. Caster

        Some people have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the present.

        • William

          You had to bring Texas Governor Greg Abbott into this story.

  • JoeMyGod
    • William

      Toll!

    • whollyfool

      Woohoo! 🙂

  • Dutchlander

    Marriage equality for 80 million Germans! A great day. Ehe für alle!

    • William

      Not yet, soon.

  • TheSeer
  • glass

    Ok Australia, you’re next!
    Then Italy, Austria…

    Good job Germany!!

    • Danieruw

      Malta is next. July 5th

  • DaveMiller135

    I’m glad for the result, and also thrilled to watch swift, positive government action. It seems like they were just discussing this as a bargaining chip and now it’s voted on. By contrast, our Congress seems to have been repealing Obamacare for the better part of a decade. I’m sure that can’t literally be true.