• BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 22: Revelers dance on decorated trucks during the 2017 Christopher Street Day gay pride celebration on July 22, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Getty Images Europe (Photo by Michele Tantussi/Getty Images))Source: Getty Images Europe (Photo by Michele Tantussi/Getty Images)
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier signed marriage equality into law last week.
By
Michaela Morgan

24 Jul 2017 - 10:49 AM  UPDATED 24 Jul 2017 - 10:49 AM

Thousands of people have celebrated LGBT+ pride at the annual Christopher Street Day celebrations in Berlin, just weeks after German politicians voted to legalise same-sex marriage.

Despite patches of heavy rain, attendees marched alongside brightly decorated trucks, waving rainbow flags and carrying placards that read ‘Ehe fur Alle’ (marriage for all).

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“More than two decades after article 175 was finally wiped from the books, this stain on democratic Germany’s legal history has been removed.”

On Thursday, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier signed the same-sex marriage bill into law after the Bundestag voted 393-226 in favour of marriage equality at the end of June.

One attendee - Samuel Monars-Bellmont - said there was more work to be done, despite the recent step forward for LGBT+ rights.

"Same-sex marriage is a step in the right direction but there is still a lot to do,” he told Reuters

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Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to have relaxed her stance on the issue after having dinner with a lesbian couple.

The event in Berlin is a commemoration of the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in LGBT+ history that took place on Christopher Street in New York in 1969.