Bundestag votes in the favour of same-sex marriage
German MPs voted to legalise same-sex marriage by 393 to 226 votes at the German parliament Bundestag. The vote had four abstentions and was followed by debates reflecting age-old arguments over marriage equality. Since 2001, same-sex couples in Germany have been able to enter into civil unions, but were not allowed to marry. The new law, which is expected to take effect before the end of the year, will also allow married, same-sex couples to adopt children.