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Weimar era homosexuality and christianity

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Despite being touted as progressive and liberal, Germany took a long time to allow same-sex marriage.

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Merkel stumbled through a confused answer. Germany has long been seen as a liberal and progressive nation, and its capital, Berlin, is considered a global queer hub. Germany has always been ambivalent about homosexuality. On one hand, it has often been in the vanguard of gay culture. On the other hand, Weimar era homosexuality and christianity at least the male kind was illegal during this entire time — banned under paragraph of the criminal code that took effect inwhen Germany first unified.

The Nazis broadened this paragraph, so that even a love letter from man to man became a crime.

Tens of thousands were forced to wear the pink triangle in concentration camps; many were murdered. Aftereven as the Allies insisted on Nazi-era laws being struck, West Germany kept paragraph East Germany reverted to an older version of it.

Between the end of the war and Weimar era homosexuality and christianity,men were indicted under the paragraph and about half of those went to prison.

Other parties, such as the Greens, which sprang out of the counter-culture movement of the s and first entered parliament in the s, shifted the social consensus on sexual matters.

Since then, German laws have become more liberal. Sincegays and lesbians can register civil unions. These couples enjoy many of the same legal benefits as marriage.

This is right to have children together. Neighboring countries such as the Netherlands, France, Spain, Denmark and Belgium allow same-sex couples to adopt.

But Germany throws up lots of legal hurdles. Complicating matters further, Germany also has relatively strict laws on artificial insemination and surrogacy, which narrows those options. Merkel, daughter of a Lutheran pastor, may have genuine personal reservations. But Weimar era homosexuality and christianity all, she pragmatically senses a political constraint. Gay marriage, she fears, would be a step too far, and could cause a rebellion in her own ranks.

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In Germany, we have a lot Weimar era homosexuality and christianity single mothers or fathers, we have heterosexual partners who do not want to get married.

There is a diversity of families in Germany, and the Union sees itself as the guardian of longstanding tradition in order to serve its conservative voters. Even within the CDU there is movement. Jens Spahn, a leading Christian Democrat who is also deputy finance minister, is openly gay and in a civil union.

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