Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights in Germany have evolved significantly over the course of the last decades. During the s and early s, lesbian and gay people in Berlin were generally tolerated by society and many bars and clubs specifically pertaining to gay men were opened. The Nazi extensions were repealed in and same-sex sexual activity between men was decriminalized in both East and West Germany in and , respectively. The age of consent was equalized in East Germany in and in unified Germany in Same-sex marriage has been legal since 1 October , after the Bundestag passed legislation giving same-sex couples full marital and adoption rights on 30 June
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Democratic Platform Endorses Gay Marriage : NPR
Supreme Court action allowing gay marriages to go forward in several states - including a bare majority in the 11 states in which such marriages have begun in the past week and a half. These results reflect the public's dramatic shift in support of gay marriage the past decade. See PDF with full results, charts and tables here. By declining to hear several appeals, the high court cleared the way for gay marriage in five states - Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Three others in the same jurisdictions followed suit Colorado, North Carolina and West Virginia , and gay marriage bans in three additional states, Idaho, Nevada and Alaska, were rejected by other courts in the past week. In the 19 states and Washington, D. Support is sharply lower, but still 51 percent, in the 11 states that have allowed gay marriage since the Supreme Court's action, vs.
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Same-sex marriage is becoming increasingly important in America. The up-and-coming voters put a good deal of weight on the issue, making it a topic that could make or break elections in the coming years. Democratic views on gay marriage support full equality under the law for same-sex couples. Democrats believe that gay marriage should be left a state issue, and that religious entities should be allowed to make decisions about marriage as a religious sacrament on their own. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.
The Democratic Party's gay marriage platform is very good politics. Whether people like it or not change is coming. Gay marriage is going to be accepted in the US at some point and the Democrats are jumping on board and riding the train as far as it will take them.