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German life partners get inheritance equality

Timothy Kincaid

August 17th, 2010

Germany has allowed same-sex couples to register Life Partnerships since 2001. However, this recognition was significantly lower than that of married couples. In 2008 revisions were made to bring about greater equality. But a court has ruled that the inequalities in taxation of inheritance between 2001 and 2008 must be rectified. (AFP):

The judges said that although heterosexual marriage still enjoys a unique status under the German Basic Law, it was unconstitutional for couples who had made a long-term commitment — and a pledge to pay maintenance if they separated — to face bias in inheritance.

It set a deadline of December 31 for the parliament to produce new legislation to rectify the “unconstitutional” disadvantage for gay partners in the years 2001 to 2008.



Mark F.
August 17th, 2010 | LINK

An epidemic of “activist” judges spreading all through the known world! ;-)

August 17th, 2010 | LINK


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