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Same-Sex Marriage Finally Comes to Germany

On Friday morning, the German parliament approved amending the country's laws to allow for same-sex marriage. The vote, in which 393 members voted in favor, while 226 voted against and 4 abstained, was in reponse to a proposal put forward by the Social Democratic party. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had previously opposed the measure—and indeed still voted "no" herself—had, in a surprise pivot, told her Christian Democrat party to "follow their conscience" on Monday.
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