Majority of Germans support marriage equality

A majority of Germans, including those who regularly vote for the center-right Union parties, support extending full marriage rights to same-sex couples, according to a new poll conducted by YouGov.

Germany allows same-sex couples to enter into registered partnerships, which provide many, but not all, of the rights of heterosexual marriage. Couples in registered partnerships do not have the same adoption rights as married couples, and certain tax, pension, and inheritance benefits were only awarded to registered partners following legislative changes mandated by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.

According to the survey results, more than two-thirds of respondents, 68%, support marriage equality.  Only 24% stated their opposition.  Church members were supportive: 68% and 67% of Catholics and Protestants were in favor, respectively. Significantly, 61% of people who regularly vote for the CDU/CSU coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel also support granting marriage rights to same-sex couples.  Currently, both the CDU and CSU officially oppose same-sex marriage.

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