After Ireland's yes vote on gay marriage, German government wants to give gay and lesbian couples more rights. However, this does not mean full equality with marriage, Federal Justice Minister Maas stressed.
Maas said in an interview with "Spiegel Online" that such a step would be "unfortunately difficult to realize" in the coalition with the Union parties. However, the ie remains "on the social agenda," Maas said. The Irish had voted in a referendum with a majority of 62 percent in favor of the introduction of "gay marriage," according to the official final result on Saturday. So far it exists in 19 states. In Ireland, it was brought about for the first time by a referendum.
Media: Cabinet plans changes
According to "Spiegel Online," the cabinet will discuss a draft law by Maas on Wednesday that would extend the regulations for marriage to civil partnerships in various areas. According to the report, the law provides for simplifications in civil and procedural law.
Meanwhile, the Greens announced that they would introduce a new bill in the Bundestag "to open up marriage". "I am confident that the vote of the Irish will accelerate equality in Germany," said the leader of the Green Party in the Bundestag, Katrin Goring-Eckardt, the newspaper "Die Welt" (Tuesday). CDU presidium member Jens Spahn signaled openness to this concern: "One should think that what the Catholic Irish can do, we can do as well," Spahn told Die Welt. "The population is often further along in these matters than we think."
"Rift between church and society"
The Irish bishops, who had opposed equalization of "gay marriage," noted a "substantial rift between the Catholic Church and society". The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, spoke on the internet platform "Vatican Insider" of a "cultural revolution".
The result shows that not only many young people voted yes, but also many Irish who are still church-going, the archbishop of Dublin emphasized. The exact consequences that the Church will have to draw from this result have not yet been determined; it will certainly be necessary to put the pastoral care of young people to the test.