Germany Parliament has said "Ja" to same-sex marriage in a snap vote. The bill passed 393 to 226, with the German vice-chancellor, Angela Merkel voting against the bill, however, more than 70 conservative bloc members of Merkel vote in favour of the bill.
Volker Beck of the Green party, who is also an open gay person celebrated the new bill on his lasy day in parliament.
Explaining while she voted No on the bill, Angela Merkel said that she understood marriage to be an institution between a man and a woman, however, she said she believes the new bill will help promote "more social peace."
Merkel also said that she has come to the conclusion that same-sex couple should be able to adopt children, which is something the new bill legalizes.
Volker Beck of the Green party, who also had been a strong voice in approving same-sex marriage called the vote "a success for democracy."
80% of Germans are in support of allowing homosexuals couples to marry and adopt children.