Sunday, October 8, 2017
Karl Kriele and Bodo Mende, two civil servants from Berlin, will likely be the first gay couple married in Germany under a new law to take effect on Sunday. In the past, homosexual couples were legally allowed to enter into registered partnerships, but this legal relationship did not boast the same rights that heterosexual couples enjoyed. In response to the new law Kriele said, "This is an emotional moment with great symbolism. The transition to the term 'marriage' shows that the German state recognizes us as real equals."
See Frank Jordans, 40 Years After First Kiss, Gay Couple Will Become First to Marry Under New German Law, Sun Sentinel, September 30, 2017.
Special thanks to David S. Luber (Florida Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.