Germany’s Social Democrats fight to pass same-sex marriage bill before election

Chancellor Angela Merkel's biggest rivals in the upcoming national election in September are set to put pressure on her conservative party to pass same-sex marriage ahead of the vote.

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The Social Democrats (SPD) are set to push for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples at a meeting on Wednesday with their coalition partners, Merkel’s conservative Union parties (CDU/CSU) – who have long opposed such legislation – according to a report on Tuesday by Funke Mediengruppe.

SPD representatives in the Bundestag (German parliament) plan to propose a reform for the Bundesrepublik, which is one of the few west European countries that does not allow same-sex marriage.