4th March 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s conservative party to hold off on gay tax rights amidst election fears 15
6:07 PM — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party will not currently initiate further legislation to allow equal rights for gay couples, following a supreme court ruling which has caused controversy within her party.
28th February 2013
Poll: Majority of Europeans say Pope Benedict was not influential and has been ignored by politicians 14
1:31 PM — Despite his attempts to turn back the clock on gay rights, a YouGov poll shows Pope Benedict XVI has been of little influence to Europeans.
25th February 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s party considers u-turn on same-sex tax perks 7
6:00 PM — Leading members of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) are now considering a U-turn on policy on same-sex couples.
19th February 2013
Germany: Gay adoption laws strengthened for civil partners 8
11:37 AM — Germany’s highest court ruled today that one member of a civil partnership should be able to adopt their partner’s stepchild or adopted child.
13th February 2013
Germany: Poll finds that 26% of voters would not back a gay Chancellor 22
1:22 PM — A poll of German voters found that more than a quarter of those surveyed opposed both the idea of a gay Chancellor and the idea of an ethnic non-German Chancellor.
7th February 2013
Germany: Football Association sets up support group for gay players 1
2:37 AM — A working group has been set up by the German Football Association in order to provide support for and prepare clubs to deal with the potential for gay footballers coming out.
12th December 2012
Study: Male gay fish behaviour found to turn on female fish 20
6:37 PM — German scientists say they have found a tropical male fish that becomes more attractive to females when it displays same-sex behaviour.
4th December 2012
Germany: Angela Merkel faces party divide over tax breaks for gay couples 11
8:12 AM — Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a divide within her ruling Christian Democratic Union party, over tax reliefs for gay couples, which have so far been reserved for married, straight, couples.
14th September 2012
German gay footballers get support of Angela Merkel 34
10:25 AM — Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has become the latest high-profile figure to tell gay footballers that they should not have anything to fear in being open with their sexuality.
13th September 2012
German gay footballer refuses to come out because of safety fears 37
11:54 AM — A top German footballer says he fears attacks from fans and even by other footballers if he goes public about his sexuality.
29th August 2012
Angela Merkel says no to equal tax laws for LGBT couples 21
11:58 AM — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected calls to give to LGBT couples the tax breaks enjoyed by heterosexual married couples.
23rd August 2012
Gay people biggest threat to Germany after euro crisis – says politician 84
8:23 PM — A senior member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats Union (CDU) party has ignited a storm of controversy after saying the country’s future “lies in the hands of families [and] not in same-sex partnerships.”
7th August 2012
Germany: Call for equal tax benefits for gay couples 18
5:35 PM — Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union, have called for gay couples in civil unions the same tax breaks as married couples.
28th June 2012
German court tells lesbian asylum seeker to hide identity in Iran 23
5:49 PM — A German court rejected the asylum application of Samira Ghorbani Danesh, an Iranian lesbian refugee who fled Iran in 2009, with the justification that she can hide her homosexuality in Iran and avoid criminal penalties.
25th April 2012
Germany: Gay golfers to return for eighth annual tournament later this year
10:10 AM — Europe’s largest gay and lesbian golf tournament, the German-Rainbow-Open, will return for an eighth year this September.
3rd April 2012
German football club bans fans for anti-gay sign 7
10:19 AM — A German football club has banned fans who displayed a homophobic banner from the stands during a league match.
22nd March 2012
Agency apologises for ‘tofu is gay meat’ ad concept 43
10:08 AM — An idea for a German restaurant advert dubbing tofu 'gay meat' has gone viral in the country after it was discovered on a branding competition website.
13th March 2012
German gun clubs vote against ‘crowning’ partners of gay champions 34
12:41 PM — German gun clubs say they will no longer crown gay couples at annual ceremonies for their top shooters after a champion gunman's male partner had to be named 'queen' last year.
5th March 2012
President of Belarus would rather be ‘a dictator than gay’ 58
12:35 PM — The president of Belarus has responded to German criticisms of his government's human rights record and accusations of a dictatorship in the land-locked European state by saying it is 'better to be a dictator than gay'.
18th January 2012
German FA head: Gay players should have ‘courage’ to come out 24
12:43 PM — The head of the German Football Association has again urged gay professional football players to come out. Theo Zwanziger spoke during a discussion on Tuesday at the Sportschule Hennef, which was centered on sexuality within professional sports.