GLAAD celebrates marriage equality in Germany

Germany becomes only the twenty-third nation to legalize marriage equality

NEW YORK – Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD – the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, released the following statement after the German Parliament today passed historic legislation which grants marital rights to LGBTQ couples, including the right to jointly adopt children. With over 83 percent of Germans supporting marriage equality prior to this vote, Germany is now only the twenty-third country across the globe which allows the right for LGBTQ couples to legally get married. The vote in the German Bundesrat was 393 to 226 in favor of marriage equality. The measure will move to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for his signature.

"Love prevails once again as LGBTQ couples in Germany obtain the right to marry the person they love and build lasting, loving families in their communities. As the world faces a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ activism, victories like we see in Germany highlight the importance of LGBTQ people staying visible."

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: COUNTRIES ACROSS THE GLOBE THAT HAVE LEGALIZED MARRIAGE EQUALITY

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