After foreign minister Guido Westerwelle formalized his relationship with his partner, our readers sent in their take on gay marriage.
Westerwelle formalized his relationship with his partner
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Gay marriage should be recognized everywhere. We should begin to make up for all the centuries during which gays were discriminated against and treated as perverted people. People should have the same rights, no matter which sexual orientation they have! -- Maria, Argentina
It is recognized in a couple of states but the majority of our nation does not. If Germany as a nation wants to circle the drain as we are in the US, then continue to destroy the family unit, the backbone of society and the natural law, you'll be in our condition soon enough. -- Leslie, US
In my country gay marriage is not recognized, I think because of religious reasons and general mental health condition of population. I consider homophobia a mental illness. I think that gay marriage should be recognized all over the world and it will be, but in the distant future. -- Aleksey, Israel
Being proudly Canadian and gay unions being legalized as "marriages" for ages, we Canucks are quite used to it. The gay couples have nearly all of the rights of straight couples and nobody - or almost nobody - looks askance when a child says that they have two fathers or two mothers. Vive la difference! -- Timothy, Canada
As of July 2005, Canada received the legal right to marry and it received Royal Assent to become the law of the land. That year Canada joined the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain as the only countries legalizing gay marriage! It is about time for Germany to do so as well. The definition of marriage is that a civil marriage is between two people, not just for a man and a woman. This historic legislation is important for any country! -- Dieter, Canada
Same-sex civil unions were recognized in the New England state of Connecticut in 2005, where marriage equality was recognized in 2008. As a Justice of the Peace who has been officiating at weddings since 2000, I'm now able to officiate for same-sex couples too. My spouse and I had a civil union and marriage, but we continue to celebrate when we met ... 31 years ago. -- Joseph, US
Compiled by Stuart Tiffen
Editor: Jennifer Abramsohn