German parliament legalizes same-sex marriage



BERLIN Germany’s parliament voted on Friday to legalize gay marriage after Chancellor Angela Merkel did an about-face that freed members of conservative party to vote their “conscience” rather than follow party lines.


Norbert Lammert, president of the parliament, said 393 lawmakers voted to approve the amendment, while 226 voted against and four abstained.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Joseph Nasr)

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