GERMANY: Same-Sex Marriage Begins [VIDEO]

The BBC reports:

Two men have become the first gay couple to marry in Germany, on the day gay marriage became legal there. Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende, a couple for 38 years, exchanged their vows at the town hall in Schöneberg, Berlin.

Registry offices in several German cities were opening, unusually, on Sunday to allow couples to wed on the first day it was legally possible. Getting married will give gay couples the same tax advantages and adoption rights as heterosexual couples.

The German parliament voted to introduce marriage equality in June, after Chancellor Angela Merkel unexpectedly dropped her longstanding opposition to parliament holding a vote on the issue.

  • Gustav2
  • Ninja0980

    Congrats to the happy couples!

    • Richie Kau

      Deutschland und das Brautpaar….wir gratulieren!!!!!

      • Hochzeitspaar, in this story there is no braut (bride)

        • Richie Kau

          Thanks, corrected

  • bkmn
  • Bluto

    Hey Australia, see how easy this was for Germany? Congrits to the happy couple!

    • Charles Nelson

      But…But…Aussies have to count all of those post cards!

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  • agcons

    Welcome, Germany! Be prepared, though, to deal with the sort of natural disasters Gawd visited upon us here in Canada because we did it. The last 12 years have been terrible, oh, awful.

    • Gustav2
    • William

      It snowed when I was in Canada. The horror!

      • Jerry Kott

        a sign of the end days?

      • northern_neighbour

        Actually the snow, yes, the Christianists had predicted that would probably happen, and they were Reicht!

        OTOH there has been a lot less ICE in recent years, and less actual blizzards. The weather here has been more
        ‘equal’ generally speaking.

        I’m thrilled to see Germany, a nation of 82 million odd, with a lot of very rational citizens and good representatives
        join the modern world of marriage equality rights for ALL citizens. And kudos to this first happy couple!

    • Stephen Miller

      Sending Thoughts and Prayers to your country.

  • TuuxKabin
  • Jerry Kott

    Congratulations Germany!

  • AJA

    Mozel Tov, gentlemen! And Germany, way to get your act together! 🙂

  • misterjack

    Yay! Best wishes!

  • barrixines
  • GanymedeRenard

    Es ist wunderbar! Cueing BillBear for the music!

  • Ken M

    Maybe this is why Trump never called to offer his congrats to Merkel. I wonder if any news agencies here will give it any coverage. It’s a wonderful day in Germany.

    • MBI

      In case you aren’t aware, Merkel is still against same sex marriage because she believes marriage is only between a man and a woman.

      • billbear1961

        Yes, she voted against it, but she made it possible for the vast majority in Parliament to vote FOR it (even if her motivations were probably primarily political).

        • William

          I think she allowed it to happen, but had to be against equal marriage in order to keep the damn CSU (Bavarian Catholics) happy.

          • billbear1961


        • MBI

          So we should be thankful for her bigotry against gay people. Her bigotry against gay people is no different from Tony Perkins.

          • billbear1961

            To compare her to PerKKKins is just plain nuts.

            The “only” right she opposed was full marriage.

            In every other way she has been supportive.

            She included us when she reminded Dump, shortly after his “election,” of his responsibility to respect and protect the rights of ALL minorities.

          • andrew

            There are light years of difference between Merkel and Perkins. He is determined to impose his religious views on all. Merkel allowed the will of the majority to prevail. Open your eyes and see reality.

    • Ben in Oakland

      It was in this mornings chronicle.

  • PeedeResistance

    Someone mentioned a music cue 🙂

    • David Walker

      Well done. I slept in late this morning. I’m glad you also can’t resist a good tune.

      • PeedeResistance

        Great show, too. Do you know ‘Lovely To Look At?’ (the remake of ‘Roberta’ with Grayson and Keel?) Her version of ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’ is ravishing.

  • Ausgezeichnet!

    Surprised it took so long, Germans always looked down on the US for being so socially and sexually backward. They’re catching up.

    Australia, what’s taking you so long? I know, it’s complicated.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Gay wedding on a Sunday?!!! Blasphemy! Or my fantasy plumber would say Fuck me Jesus!!

  • billbear1961
  • Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

  • FAEN
  • Bad Tom

    Congratulations 🎉 to the happy couples, and to Germany!
    38 years is a long enough engagement.

    • No More GOP.

      It makes me think we were rushing things getting married after only being together for 20y at that point. But we’re mad, impetuous fools for love.

  • Baltimatt
    • Todd20036

      perfect musical accompaniment.

      Beautiful song.

  • billbear1961
    • David Walker

      Thank you, Mr. Bear. I hope that photo is as iconic for Germans as the rainbow White House is to us. That’s just so excellent, even moreso with the white on the statuary on top. Just fucking brilliant.

      • billbear1961

        Happy Sunday, David (in these dark times).

        THIS gives us something to celebrate!


    • William
      • billbear1961

        Would also require different music!

        (Hello, Sweet William!)

        • William

          The DDR legalized gay sex before West Germany.

          Hello to you and Claude!

          • billbear1961

            I remember being surprised to learn how forward-thinking East Germany was about the matter!

          • William

            If it hadn’t been for the paranoid leadership, East Germany could have been a really nice place.

  • William

    Unheilig – Geboren um zu leben

    • Baltimatt

      A favorite of mine, but it it more about death. Play it at my funeral.

  • Hank
  • Todd20036

    This is how you defeat the likes of Tony Perkins.

    You go ahead despite his protestations and show everyone else that nothing changes after LBGTs get equal rights

  • JT

    It’s good to have some good news amid the constant shit storm of crimes and disgraceful antics from Drumpfistana.

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  • goofy_joe

    Yay some good news!

  • narutomania

    Noch eine Mauer geht runter …

  • andrew

    and humankind takes another small step toward equality and freedom for all it’s children.

  • justmeeeee

    ¡Viva Alemania!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Das ist gut!

  • Germany has come a long way from the pink triangles.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Since we’re in Oktoberfest season….

  • KnownDonorDad

    By the by, how much farther behind does Australia have to fall? Step it up already!

  • JCF

    Mazel Tov! Prosst!

  • Stubenville

    Congratulations to all the handsome grooms, and all the beautiful brides.