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German Parliament’s upper house pushes for same-sex marriage

Friday, June 12, 2015
The resolution approved Friday doesn't force the government to take any action, as the state governments stopped short of sending a draft law to the lower house for a possible vote. ...

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Germany: Merkel’s party resists calls to embrace full marriage equality

Monday, June 1, 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party are rejecting calls to embrace full-fledged marriage for gay couples following Irish voters' decision to legalize it. ...

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Merkel spokesman: Same-sex marriage ‘not a goal’ of Germany’s government

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Angela Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition has agreed to make small changes to same-sex civil partnership rules but staunch opposition from conservatives means Germany will not follow Ireland in allowing same-sex marriages any time soon. ...

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Berlin court fines three men for trying to force boy into marriage because he’s gay

Thursday, March 12, 2015
The boy, now 18, told a Berlin newspaper he had come out as gay and his father decided to force him into marriage at age 15. ...

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Brutal attack leaves German gay rights activist with life-threatening injuries

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia -- A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in downtown Belgrade on Saturday, Serbian police and gay activists said. The identity of the 27-year-old man ...

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Berlin’s first openly gay mayor to resign by end of year

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Klaus Wowereit
BERLIN -- Charismatic Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit, whose reputation has taken a beating over struggles in the construction of the German capital's new international airport, said Tuesday he will step down by the end of the year. Wowereit told ...

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Graveyard exclusively for lesbians being inaugurated in historic Berlin cemetery

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Markus Schreiber, APA view to the new designed part of the Georgen Parochial Cemetery in central district Mitte of Berlin that will be designation for lesbians only.
BERLIN -- A new burial area for lesbians only is being inaugurated this weekend in a two-century-old cemetery in the German capital. ...

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Berlin advocacy group lights ‘Rainbow Flame’ in solidarity with LGBT Russians

Friday, February 7, 2014
BERLIN -- Gay rights activists in Berlin on Friday cheered and waved placards reading "Stop Homophobia" at the lighting of an Olympic-style '"Rainbow Flame" that will burn for the next 16 days while the Winter Olympic games takes place in ...

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Former World Cup player from Germany Thomas Hitzlsperger comes out as gay

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Joerg SarbachThomas Hitzlsperger
BERLIN — A former World Cup player from Germany became the biggest name in soccer to come out as gay, saying he wants to break down the stigma of homosexuality in sports. ...

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German president boycotting Olympics over Russia’s human rights violations

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Wolfgang Kumm, APJoachim Gauck
BERLIN — German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Sochi, Russia next year. Gauck took the decision to protest human rights violations and the harassment of Russian opposition political figures, Der Spiegel reported ...

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