German Chancellor Angela Merkel has
ruled out marriage equality in Germany for the short term.
Merkel's ruling coalition last week
agreed to small changes to civil partnerships for gay couples, first
introduced in 2001.
The announcement came after Ireland
became the first nation to approve marriage equality through a
The Irish vote has put pressure on
other governments to follow suit.
Speaking through a spokesman, Merkel
praised the Irish vote as an “important milestone in dismantling
discrimination” but added that “same-sex marriages are not a goal
of this government.”
“Every country makes its own laws –
some countries go one route while others go another,” Steffen
Seibert said. “In Germany, we'll take a path that suits Germany.”
Polls show Germans overwhelmingly (75%)
support marriage equality.
Thomas Jaeger, a political scientist at
Cologne University, told Reuters
that the government lacks the political “courage” to take on
issues not agreed to in forming Merkel's grand coalition in 2013.
“This government isn't capable of
spontaneous reforms and is unable to move with the times,” he said.
“These are two big parties in the way of each other that don't
have the courage to tackle anything not agreed on in advance of their