After German parliament members voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in a rush vote on Friday, June 30, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier put the final signature on the bill Thursday, making gay marriage one step closer to becoming official in the country.
Steinmeier’s final signature doesn’t signal an immediate change though. Unlike when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, same-sex couples in Germany will have to wait until sometime this Fall to tie the knot. October 1 at the earliest.
A Fall date will push the legalization past the national elections in September, and gives those parties challenging the new law a platform. Other parties in favor of the change though are trying to get ahead of the issue by refusing coalition deals if marriage equality isn’t instituted within 100 days.