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Germany: Gay adoption laws strengthened for civil partners

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  1. This is why UK Civil Partnerships do NOT have all the same rights as marriage-despite what some politicians here say.

  2. And same-sex civil partnerships in Germany do not bestow any of the tax/financial breaks as married couples. None. Angela Merkel stopped it.

    1. GulliverUK 19 Feb 2013, 4:01pm

      Until recently I hadn’t realised that Germany was backwards – I had assumed they understood, better than most, the importance of not discriminating against people, and that they would be at the forefront, in Europe, of having the most equal policies around. But we are the best, with a score of 21, on the ILGA scale – yet amazingly Germany has been given a score of 20, along with Spain. I would say not recognising our relationships properly is a -10.

      http://www.ilga-europe.org/home/publications/reports_and_other_materials/rainbow_europe_map_and_index_may_2012

      It will be interesting to see that map in 2 years time, with us and France. But ILGA only gave France a 6 !! They might have gotten that score fro France and Germany reversed !

  3. Germany trails behind many western European nations when it comes to same-sex marriage, including Spain and Portugal and is being left in the dust together with the eastern European nations. It’s sad…

  4. As someone who has lived in Germany and who taught German for a number of years, I am very disappointed with how slow and reluctant Germany is with regard to LGBT equality.

    The UK is actually a particularly progressive and liberal country with regard to respect towards LGBT people: the Germans could learn a thing or two from us.

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Feb 2013, 1:36pm

    Get rid of Merkel and that awful Christian Democratic Union from getting re-elected and then Germany will probablly get equal marriage.

    1. Not likely from what i have seen.It seems that Germany will have equality only after 2017 because the CDU/CSU takes orders from the Vatican not the German people who support equality by 64%

  6. GulliverUK 19 Feb 2013, 4:45pm

    I don’t think any discrimination in adoption for same-sex parents will stand for long, having just see this ILGA press statement and the ECHR ruling.

    http://www.ilga-europe.org/home/news/for_media/media_releases/european_court_of_human_rights_ban_on_same_sex_second_parent_adoption_is_discriminatory

    Game’s over for bigotry – even for the mighty Germany.

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