Germany joins marriage club

We’re pleased to report Germany has just joined Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, the USA and most of the UK (but not Northern Ireland) in allowing same-sex marriage.

Germany had been ahead of the UK when it came to civil partnerships – they got there in 2001 several years before we did in Britain. Current German leader Angela Merkel voted against the same-sex marriage bill but it nonetheless passed by 393 votes to 226, with four registered abstentions.

The geographic divide east-west across Europe now looks very clear, with Northern Ireland standing out and looking increasingly isolated and out of step.