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Germany: Conservatives Back Gay Couple Tax Breaks

Tuesday Aug 7, 2012

BERLIN (AP) - A group of lawmakers from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party is calling for same-sex couples in civil partnerships to be given the same tax breaks as heterosexual married couples.

Thirteen members of Merkel's Christian Democrats said in a statement the move would be "only consistent."

Merkel's minister for families, Kristina Schroeder, was quoted Tuesday as telling the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the call comes "at the right time" and that same-sex couples in civil partnerships "take on long-term responsibility for each other, so they live out conservative values."

In Germany, same-sex couples have been able to register civil partnerships that legally fall short of formal marriage since 2001.

They were introduced by a previous center-left government. While Merkel's party accepts them, many conservatives remain reluctant to go further.

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  • , 2012-08-07 16:22:09

    Sorry but this is stupid, there only do that cause the constitutional court is about to rule that rejecting this to us is against our constitution. But we still have only civil unionships and have to pay way more for a lot of stuff. The reason I left germany. At least write the CDU are christian conservative idiots and not better than republicans in the us.

  • , 2012-08-07 20:23:23

    It a step in the right direction.

  • Wayne M., 2012-08-08 18:20:09

    I agree it is a STEP in the right direction. It is not only liberals and progressives who logically support marriage equality for same-sex couples. It is also logical for conservatives to support marriage equality. Why? Supporting marriage equality gives clear support for those same-sex couples who work to establish stable, caring and loving partnerships and live their sexuality in ways that are responsible. Marriage equality should not divide us, but unite us.

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