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17.7.02

German Supreme Court backs gay marriage law

Germany's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law that allows gay couples to marry and gives them many of the same rights as heterosexual spouses.

The court rejected a lawsuit by conservatives who argued it violates constitutional provisions protecting marriage and the family.

Judges at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe voted 5-3 to back the law, which was challenged last year by Bavaria and two eastern states.


Germany is cool.

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