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Couple rights advance in Germany

Timothy Kincaid

August 9th, 2012

On Wednesday, Germany’s high court found that a tax which targeted same-sex couples cannot be enforced. (CNN)

The court ruled that gay couples who have entered into a “registered partnership,” the German legal phrase for relationships similar to marriage, must be exempted from the country’s land transfer tax just like straight married couples, according to a court news release.

Interestingly, this is similar to (and illustrative of) a position taken recently by 13 members of Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union party. They find it unacceptable that the nation must repeatedly be told by courts to treat its gay citizens fairly and have called for tax parity. Kristina Schroder, Germany’s minister for family affairs, took a page from UK’s David Cameron and declared that by registering their partnerships and taking long-term responsibility for each other, gay couples “are living conservative values”.

With this respectable number of conservatives now joining the Liberal Democrats in calling for equal tax treatment, the issue breaks the partisan barrier. There is hope that Germany may soon move in the direction of greater equality.

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Steve
August 9th, 2012 | LINK

Germany would have marriage equality now if the MPs were allowed a conscience vote. There was a hardly publicized vote on it in late June. It was defeated along party lines. The problem was that the liberals are allied with the conservatives, and voted against equality with them although that went against their party program. If they had joined the communists, greens and socialists there would have been enough votes.

Ben In Oakland
August 10th, 2012 | LINK

My German husband is my husband here. In Germany, we’re a product of bureaucracy.

We wanto get a german partnerschaft. They ask us if we’re married. If we say no, they get us later for lying, even tohugh in Germany, we’re not married. If we say yes, we can add a years worth of bureaucracy and waiting, and can’t get a straight, consistent answer out of anyone.

i love germany, and if things go really south in this country– Mittens, I’m a talkin’ to YOU– we may end up living there.

but this kind of nonsense has to go.

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