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The draft law legalising same-sex marriage was first moved in 2015 in the upper house of parliament by the state of Rhineland Palatinate.It is expected to be signed into law by the President some time after 7 July but could face legal challenges.Hundreds of members of the Bundestag rose to their feet in a spontaneous standing ovation when the result was announced, as the Green party launched rainbow confetti and celebrated with a cake.
He finished his impassioned speech during a debate before the vote with: “Frau Merkel, thanks for nothing.” The issue of same-sex marriage has divided German politics throughout Ms Merkel’s 12-year leadership.
Angela Merkel has voted against same-sex marriage in Germany because she believes that “marriage is between a man and woman”.
Despite her opposition, the Bundestag voted to legalise equal marriage by 393 votes to 226, and the Chancellor said she hoped the move would improve social cohension.
The issue has divided Ms Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) party, which remains the largest in the German parliament and has enjoyed comfortable poll leads and local election victories ahead of September’s federal elections.
Political analysts said that despite condemnation from critics over her no vote, Ms Merkel had trodden a careful line on same-sex marriage.