“To me, marriage as defined in the German basic law means the marriage between husband and wife, and that is why I vote against the law today,” she said shortly after the vote.
But she did say that her thinking had changed on the question of child adoption by same sex couples, which she long opposed, labelling her past comments on it ‘unsatisfactory’.
“Since then I have thought a lot about the matter of child welfare and have now… come to the conviction that same sex couples should be able to jointly adopt children,” she said.
Merkel had allowed her conservative party’s lawmakers to vote their conscience rather than follow the party line in the vote, which was strongly supported by leftist parties.
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