Germany has its first same-sex wedding
As they entered the golden room of Schöneberg town hall to the strains of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, Bodo Mende and Karl Kreile were only doing what tens of thousands of others had done before – tying the knot in front of friends and family in the southern Berlin district.
But they were also making history as the first same-sex couple able to marry in Germany, after a new law came into force on 1 October.
“After 38 years together, this is a day we’ve waited a long time for,” 59-year-old Kreile said.
Mende, 60, said it was a “huge honour” for the couple to be the first in Germany to marry. “I remember the shame we felt when we were turned away from a registry office 25 years ago when we confronted the registrar as part of an organised protest. They made us feel like secondclass citizens.”
Germany has now become the 14th European country to legalise gay marriage, and the 23rd worldwide.