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Bundestag vote on gay marriage expected in coming days

Stacy Diaz | 29 June, 2017, 09:09

Angela Merkel's main rival in Germany's upcoming elections, Martin Schulz, is shying away from contact with the current government in order to fulfil his promise of a fresh start for the Bundesrepublik.

Schulz's call for a more equal society may find resonance with the working poor, but Koecher noted that with Germany's solid economic outlook and record low unemployment, "it is likely to have limited impact". She has "given up" on trying, she said.

And so, in a tortuous display of Merkel rhetoric, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader began to shift her position in public ahead of the September 24th vote.

Merkel's move was welcomed by politicians across the country, including several from within the CDU. He said they could still win and reminded them of the SPD's fightback to run Merkel close in the 2005 election - the last one he fought.

A majority of Germans are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage and have been for a while.

Merkel's tactic, he said, is to hold off on airing her views rather than engage, thereby making the people lose interest in politics. German parliament will vote on Friday June 30, 2017 on allowing homosexual to marry.

Merkel's party, the Christian Democratic Union, has long opposed gay marriage.

A poll conducted by Germany's Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency past year found that 83 percent of Germans were in favor of same-sex marriage and 95 percent believed it was a good thing that gays and lesbians are legally protected from discrimination. CDU parliamentarian Stefan Kaufmann wrote on twitter. Other European countries have since allowed full gay marriage, but much of Merkel's conservative bloc remained reluctant until now.

Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts leaders of the G20 leading economies at a summit in Hamburg on July 7-8, where Trump's vow to renegotiate trade agreements and make them better for the United States is expected to be one of the most divisive topics on the agenda.

"Merkel only wants a free vote on marriage equality in the next parliament? Why?"

The bill was hastily put on the parliamentary agenda on the last day before the summer break by the centre-left Social Democrats, Greens and far-left Linke party. "They are living conservative values". He added that those who rejected the notion of equating traditional marriage between a man and a woman with so-called gay marriage should treat the decisions of others in the Bundestag with respect.