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The Rhenish Church in the Rhineland is the second Protestant regional church to put homosexual partners on an equal footing with married couples. The 20 regional Protestant churches handle the ie differently. An overview.
* Evangelical Church of Anhalt: Blessings are possible in a church service – the decision is made by the respective congregational church council and the parish office. In case of disagreement, the responsible district pastor is involved.
* Evangelical Regional Church in Baden: Blessings are only possible outside of church services in the context of pastoral action.
* Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria: Blessings are possible in devotions or church services in a pastoral context. Local priest decides with couple on implementation.
* Protestant Church Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz: Homosexual couples should soon receive the same blessing as married couples. The blessing prayers for registered civil partnerships, which have been possible since 2002, are expected to be put on an equal footing with the traditional wedding services for men and women in the spring.
* Evangelical Lutheran Church in Braunschweig: Blessings are possible in the context of a prayer or a church service. Whether such a blessing takes place is at the discretion of the pastor in consultation with the respective church council. However, this blessing may not be confused with a marriage service.
* Bremen Protestant Church: Each congregation decides for itself on blessings. They are entered into a separate church book as an official act.
* Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover: blessings are possible in church services. However, they differ in part from marriage ceremonies between a woman and a man. Pastors can refuse to perform the blessing themselves for reasons of conscience and hand it over to another congregation.
* Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau: Blessings are possible and equal to church marriage. They are entered in the church records like marriage.
* Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck: Blessings are possible in a church service.
* Lippische Landeskirche: Blessings are possible in a church service and are documented in a separate church register.
* Evangelical Church in Central Germany: Blessings are possible in a church service.
* Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Germany (North Church): Blessings of registered civil partnerships are possible in principle in pastoral conversation. For blessings in public services, the consent of the parish council and provost must be obtained. A uniform regulation is currently being worked on.
* Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oldenburg: blessings are possible in the form of a devotion or a church service.
*Evangelical Church of the Palatinate: Blessings are possible in the form of a devotion or a church service.
* Protestant Reformed Church: the congregations decide on blessings in church services.
* Evangelical Church in the Rhineland: Registered partners will be married in the same way as married couples. The official act is entered in the church records. An earlier blessing of the same-sex couple can be subsequently recognized as a marriage ceremony and an official certificate ied for it.
* Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony: The regional church rejects a blessing of same-sex couples. A change is not planned at present.
* Evangelical Lutheran Church of Schaumburg-Lippe: Blessings are possible in a personal setting if a pastor is willing, but not as a public service with bell ringing. The state synod has initiated a consultation process on how the state church will deal with this ie in the future.
* Protestant Church of Westphalia: Blessings are possible in church services. The blessing is recorded in a separate register of the congregation. "Marriage" the service may not be called however, it is also no official official act.
* Evangelical regional church in Wuerttemberg: Blessing services for homosexual couples are not possible.