Gay couples tie the knot
GERMANY’S first gay couples to marry will tie the knot tomorrow, after decades of struggle that campaigners say still has ground to make up.
Couples will convert existing civil partnerships into marriages or set the seal on their relationships for the first time.
Local authorities rushed to get weddings under way after politicians voted on June 30 to give Germany’s 94,000 samesex couples the right to marry. But software will be unable to record two men or two women as married until next year, meaning some will be registered as “husband” and “wife”.
Bode Mende and Karl Kreil, who for years have campaigned for equal marriage rights, will be the first couple to marry in Berlin.