Ireland’s successful ‘Yes’ vote has prompted Germany’s opposition parties to urge Chancellor Angela Merkel to follow in Ireland’s footsteps.
On Sunday, the Green Party leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt said: “It’s time Mrs. Merkel,” Die Welt newspaper reported. “The Merkel faction cannot just sit out the debate on marriage for all…I am confident that the Irish vote will accelerate equality in Germany.”
“This is a great signal from Ireland,” Katrin continued. “Equal love deserves equal respect.”
“The Irish people have made it clear: the oppression of gays and lesbians is not a Christian value,” said Volker Beck, the Green Party’s domestic policy spokesman.
“What the Catholic Irish can do, we can do, too … The populace is often further along in these matters than we think,” added Jens Spahn, the first openly gay politician from Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
The Republic of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in support of same-sex marriage, the historic referendum made Ireland the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage through a popular vote.
The total voter turnout was an impressive 60.5 percent, with tens of thousands registering to cast their voice in the historic vote. ‘Yes’ voters won by almost a factor of two, achieving 62.1 percent of the vote, with ‘No’ voters picking up just 37.9 percent.
Germany is well known to be rather accepting of LGBT individuals, and same-sex civil partnerships date back to 2001, when Germany introduced the Civil Partnership Act. Germany is however missing gay marriage and same-sex couple adoption rights.