German Parliament has voted in the favour of same-sex marriage and has joined the league of several other democracies which grants equal rights to gay and lesbian couples of the country including adoption.
393 lawmakers voted in favour, 226 voted against and four abstained while Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against legalising same-sex marriage. She sighted the reason behind her not favouring the legalisation as her personal reasons, according to the reports.
The election-year bill was forced by the leftist rival of Merkel and she was criticised in the parliament for changing her stand, while earlier she took a soft stand on the issue.
The lower house approved the law on Friday and sent cheer among all LGBT community in Germany.
“We’re thinking about having a party, getting married and using our new rights to protect our relationship.” One of the Gay Couples said after the decision.