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Marriage equality has previously been rejected by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party.
Michaela Morgan

6 Mar 2017 - 12:17 PM  UPDATED 6 Mar 2017 - 12:17 PM

The Social Democratic Party of Germany—coalition partners with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats—has said it will ramp up efforts to legalise same-sex marriage in the country. 

Thomas Opperman - the chairman of the Social Democrats - told Der Spiegel magazine that he also had the support of the Green party, according to Reuters


Green Party politician Katrin Goering-Eckardt released a statement saying that her party would be asking for public debates on the issue.

"For years, we've seen nothing but hot air from the conservatives and the SPD," she said in a statement.

Opperman told Der Spiegel that as well as same-sex marriage, he would also push for pardons to be granted to men convicted of historic gay sex offences—following the lead of the UK and New Zealand.

Same-sex marriage is officially legal in Slovenia
The legislation has come into effect after a same-sex marriage bill was approved last year.

Family Minister and Social Democrat Manuela Schwesig says that legalising same-sex marriage is an important step for social progress in Germany.

"It's time for the conservatives to move on this issue. It must stop putting the brakes on modernisation."

Currently 13 Europeans countries have legalised gay marriage including France, Denmark, Spain and Portugal.