Massive error caused the trouble for German same-sex couples

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Jorge Saavedra (L) and Gabriel Rodriguez hold hands during their marriage on the World AIDS Day in Mexico City, on December 1, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite a swift and clear vote in favour of introducing the equality legislation earlier this year, the new law could take much longer than we expected to be introduced in full. A major technical glitch in Germany’s systems means happy same-sex couples will have to register as ‘man and woman’ if they want to get a marriage license. Couples will be able to wed from October, after Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier signed the equal marriage law last month. But they have ti wait for more than a year (till November 2018) to have the proper documents to confirm their marital status. Until then couples will be forced to pretend one of them is of an opposite sex to their partner. The Federal Ministry of the Interior and the software developer are said to be urgently working on a resolution to the situation. The software issue was discovered to be a problem throughout Germany, according to a report in the Berliner Morgenpost.

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