Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende tied the knot in Berlin to become the first married gay couple in Germany. The country has more than 94,000 homosexual couples living together and same-sex marriage was legalized only this year.
Europe's human rights court has ruled that an Austrian heterosexual couple can't opt for a "lighter" civil partnership. Unlike gay couples, they don't face discrimination, the court ruled.
Gay and lesbian couples have until now only been able to enter into registered partnerships with fewer legal rights than heterosexual couples. That all changed on Sunday as same-sex marriage became legal in Germany.
The vote marks a significant progressive milestone for a typically conservative European country. But not everyone on the predominantly Roman Catholic island has welcomed the move.
The rapid approval of gay marriage in Germany has left its computer systems lagging behind. The work-around means bureaucrats have to enter false information regarding the gender of one of the spouses.
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