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Two German men are the first Bräutigams und Bräutigams (groom and groom) under the new law

German LGBT+ campaigners and supporters of equal marriage celebrated yesterday as the first same-sex couples got hitched in the country.

Bodo Mende, 60, and Karl Kreile, 59, who have been together for 38 years, were married in Schöneberg, Berlin yesterday. They are believed to be the first same-sex couple to marry under the new “marriage for all” law.

The couple celebrated their vows with a kiss after being pronounced husband and husband.


Registry offices across the country, usually close on the weekends but were opened especially on Sunday 1 October to allow same-sex couples to marry.

According to the Rainbow Europe website, the most comprehensive overview of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, Germany now has a rating of 57%.

German MPs voted by a clear majority to allow same-sex couples to wed in June of this year.


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