Germany Celebrates First Gay Marriage

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Karl Kreile, right, and Bodo Mende show the marriage document in Berlin, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.
Karl Kreile, right, and Bodo Mende show the marriage document in Berlin, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.Credit: Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP

A couple from Berlin has become the first in Germany to celebrate a same-sex wedding, after a new law called “marriage for all” came into force Sunday.

Karl Kreile, 59, and Bodo Mende, 60, were married Sunday morning at the town hall in Schoeneberg, a Berlin district that has long been a center of gay life in the German capital.

Germany celebrates first gay marriage, October 1, 2017Credit: AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

The law change followed a free vote in Parliament in June, making Germany the 23rd country worldwide to allow same-sex marriages.

Previously, same-sex couples had only been able to enter into registered partnerships that granted them fewer rights than heterosexual couples who married.

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