Merkel’s rivals are to publish the draft of the marriage equality bill

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BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to give a statement to the media following the victory by U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump in U.S. presidential elections on November 9, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel reiterated the global responsibility that comes with the role of a U.S. president and offered to work with Trump on a basis of traditional, liberal democratic values. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

At present, Germany is governed via a Grand Coalition comprised of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Angela Merkel’s right-wing Christian Democratic Union (CDU), along with the Christian Social Union in Bavaria. Civil unions for same-sex couples are permitted, but Merkel’s strong coalition does not let it move forward – to have same-sex marriages legalized. However, the SPD – who are gaining on Merkel’s CDU in the polls ahead of September’s federal elections – announced that they plan to challenge it. German newspaper Funke Mediengruppe reports that the SPD has drawn up a draft bill on the issue and officials are planning to raise it with Merkel’s party at this week’s Coalition meeting. According to The Local, SPD Bundestag leader Thomas Oppermann said: “In the future, marriage should be possible as well for same-sex couples. I hope that the CDU and CSU can finally change their spots.”The issue is likely to be a key dividing line between to the Coalition parties. Merkel previously noted that for her marriage can be defined only as a unity of a man and a woman

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