Gay marriage advocates in France have good reason to celebrate. France is now the 14th country in the world to recognize gay marriage. And gay couples will be allowed to adopt. Campaigners are thrilled.
Gay marriage could become a reality in Germany almost overnight after Chancellor Merkel made certain concessions. However, the issue is also being used as a political bargaining ahead of the September 24 elections.
Fast-tracked legalization of same-sex marriage could become a side-effect of rather haphazard German electioneering. First Chancellor Merkel hints she's ready to cave, then her rival says "let's vote on it right now."
Social Democrats want to put marriage equality on the table, and more than 80 percent of Germans support expanding the right to marry to same-sex couples. But many Christian Democrats are still pushing back.
Despite France legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013, more than 20,000 people have protested against the law in Paris. The demo comes just weeks before the conservative primary ahead of the 2017 presidential election.
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