Chancellor Angela Merkel urges German lawmakers to vote in favor of same-sex marriage as the country’s parliament will decide Friday on legalizing it.
The German leader said Monday that she would like to see the country’s lawmakers make a “vote of conscience” on the issue of same-sex marriage.
After she made the remarks, German politicians called for a vote as soon as possible and not to wait until after September’s federal election.
The Daily Caller reports:
Merkel looks to capture the votes of young Germans with more liberal values, as well as those of the traditional CSU party, both of which she needs in order to win the September election.
Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz quickly called for parliament to push through with a vote on “marriage equality” in Germany “this week.” SPD is Germany second-largest political party.
Many members of Merkel’s own conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) have previously disapproved the subject.
The vote is likely to pass behind strong support from SPD, Free Democrats (FDP), Greens and from some ministers within Merkel’s CDU.