Gay cou­ples tie the knot

The Advertiser - - WEEKEND EXTRA -

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.

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