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Germany to pass same-sex marriage law

Germany is expected to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, joining many other western democracies in granting gay and lesbian couples full rights, including adoption. The election-year bill is being pushed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's leftist rivals who pounced on a U-turn she made Monday -- a manoeuvre that left many of her conservative lawmakers fuming. Gay and lesbian groups cheered the push for marriage equality in Germany where so-called civil unions were legalised in 2001.
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