Two German men made history Oct. Wedding bells were to ring out in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover and other German cities where local authorities have exceptionally opened their doors on a Sunday, allowing weddings on the day the law comes into effect. Bodo Mende, 60, and partner Karl Kreile, 59, exchanged their vows at a desk decked out with white flowers and rainbow flags. Then, they turned to offer a shot of their first embrace as a married couple to the throng of photographers and TV crews from around the world who packed the south Berlin registry office alongside their friends and family. Mende and Kreile, longtime gay marriage campaigners who have been together since , wanted to tie the knot as soon as possible -- after being among the first to enter a civil partnership back in
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Couples will convert existing civil partnerships or set the seal on their relationships for the first time in Berlin, while others exchange rings in Hanover, Hamburg and other cities. The Netherlands was the first country to legalize gay marriage in , followed piecemeal by 14 European neighbors like Spain, Sweden, Britain and France. By extending existing law to same-sex pairs, they automatically gain the same tax advantages and adoption rights as heterosexual families, avoiding the endless back-and-forth in some nations over adoption. Along with the Greens party, the LSVD began its battle for equal marriage rights around the year
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John Broich does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. It was repealed in That was just before the Nazis came to power, magnified the anti-gay law, then sought to annihilate gay and transgender Europeans. The story of how close Germany — and much of Europe — came to liberating its LGBTQ people before violently reversing that trend under new authoritarian regimes is an object lesson showing that the history of LGBTQ rights is not a record of constant progress.
Below are the words that compose our German Gay Dictionary that we will expand in new editions. But first, some information about aspects of this dictionary that we think are relevant. At first, the search for words in the German language to name fags was an enigma. We only found the word Schwul and its derivatives and Warmer Bruder. We asked our German friends and we always got the same answer, there were no more words.