Berlin, Jun 30 (AP) German lawmakers have agreed to put the legalisation of same-sex marriage to a vote in parliament’s last session before its summer break, paving the way for the likely passage of the law. Also Read - ‘Disgraceful Act’: Here’s How Global Political Leaders Reacted to US Capitol Riot That Left 4 Dead

Bringing the measure to a vote in today’s session, the last before September elections, was fast-tracked after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday lawmakers could take up the issue as a “question of conscience,” freeing members of her conservative coalition, which has been against same-sex marriage, to individually vote for the measure. Also Read - Bird Flu Reported in 10 EU Countries: What Steps Are They Taking to Prevent Further Spread?

Germany has allowed same-sex couples to enter civil partnerships since 2001, but same-sex marriages remain illegal. Also Read - Pilot Flies in The Shape of a Syringe Over Germany to Celebrate Launch of COVID Vaccines

All of Merkel’s potential coalition partners after the Sept. 4 election, including the center-left Social Democrats of her challenger, Martin Schulz, have been calling for same- sex marriage to be legalized. (AP)

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