Why Is Germany So Divided On Gay Rights?

Despite overwhelming public approval, Germany still prohibits same-sex marriage. So why is the nation so behind on LGBT rights?

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Germany is generally considered one of the most progressive nations on the planet, particularly in regard to social and environmental issues. Yet gay marriage is still illegal in the country. Is there a reason? Kind of.

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The reason behind the gay marriage conundrum in Germany has to do with – feigned surprise! – politics. The vast majority of German citizens support full and equal rights for LGBTQ person. According to polls, Germans have the second highest social acceptance of homosexuality in the world (after Spain) at around 87 percent.

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