Today, I am grateful for what is happening tomorrow!
I don’t know if it even made it into international news but tomorrow the German parliament is going to vote on the introduction of “Ehe für Alle” (marriage for all).
After spending years with her head up her arse, the head of state finally decided not to block a vote on the matter, which would mean equal marriage and adoption rights for everybody. So, what made Angela Merkel change her mind? According to one source, she was invited by a lesbian couple who fosters several children and after seeing how good the children’s life was, she decided that she can no longer uphold her main argument that same-sex-marriage is not in the interest of children.
Although, I salute her for being able to publicly change her mind and for being open enough to let people change her mind, she is still not getting my vote in September.
Shame upon me, who thinks evil of it but I cannot stop wondering if the allows this vote now, so that the other big party, the SPD, cannot use it for their election campaign. It would be a crowd-pleaser!
Still, the fact that the parliament is finally voting on this long overdue change in law (the Greens have submitted requests to hold a vote ca 21x before and were always blocked at the start), made my week. It was one of the things I was most ashamed of. How a country like Germany could be lagging behind on an issue like same-sex-marriage (have to say I prefer the German name as I think “Marriage for all” is much more inclusive) was beyond my comprehension. The Protestant Church in Germany decided on the matter years ago and the only reason they couldn’t marry same-sex couples was the fact that it would not have been legally binding; since Napoleon civil marriage is the only legally binding form of marriage.
It is said to be a done deal, now that the three-line whip was revoked and a free vote according to everyone’s conscience or belief allowed. If we have learnt one thing from the last year is never to trust forecasts again. Still, while there’s life, there’s hope, right? Even the arguments arising that the constitution needs to be changes to allow marriage for all, which a lot of law experts think is utter BS and just a last desperate attempt from hardliners to block the vote, cannot diminish my joy. Good news for once and I am grateful for it.
Header pic from here