German lawmakers vote to legalize same-sex marriage


b_179_129_16777215_00_images_USA171819aa001.jpegBERLIN — Ulli Köppe didn't realize he would change history with a simple question this week to German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Why can't he marry the man he loves? Her answer at a public forum surprised everyone: He can.

Merkel's about-face after years of opposing same-sex marriage freed members of her conservative Christian Democrats party to vote their "conscience" instead of toeing the party's hard-line stance on the issue.   

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