Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, issued the following statement today (30 May) following the first homosexual marriage ceremony in France:
I’m delighted that the first same-sex marriage has been concluded in France. This is an encouraging signal for equality and against discrimination.
At the same time I see it as an incentive for German policymakers and German society. In the 21st century it must no longer make any difference whether a person is gay, lesbian or heterosexual. Our society is as colourful as the rainbow, and I think that’s a good thing. So we should at long last take the final steps towards giving same-sex partnerships entirely equal status.