Marriage and the Language of Visibility

A year ago, this utility company advertising poster on a wall in a Berlin U-Bahn station might have been considered “provocative” and pushing a progressive social agenda. Now, it’s showcasing the new normal, as marriage in Germany is no longer defined by gender, and so it follows, neither are families. Fighting bigots for the right to same-sex marriage was about our being able to pitch our wedding reception tent on the enemy’s lawn, and with the law in place…well, now it’s our lawn too. Continue reading “Marriage and the Language of Visibility”

Germany’s Defence Minister Defends LGBT Troops

“When someone feels they can’t come out and suppresses their feelings, they are afraid, and fear paralyses you…They cannot give their best. And we cannot afford that.”

Given her…er…somewhat right wing reputation, some will find it hard to believe that Germany’s Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen actually said this earlier this week at a conference about Diversity and LGBT issues in the military.  She’s a member of Angela Merkel’s party, the CDU, which – while supporting civil partnerships – has so far refused to allow same-sex marriage in Germany. Continue reading “Germany’s Defence Minister Defends LGBT Troops”

83% of Germans say yes to gay marriage

The vast majority of people in Germany are in favour of same-sex marriage, and the coalition government led by Angela Merkel (who’s against it) is out of step with public opinion.

The latest official survey by the government’s own Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency shows that 83% of the population think gay and lesbian couples deserve marriage equality.  That’s an 18% increase compared to a decade ago. 75% of Germans now support full adoption rights for same-sex couples. Continue reading “83% of Germans say yes to gay marriage”