It may have taken years longer than it should have, but on Sunday, October 1st, Germany put into effect its marriage equality law that passed in a rush vote three months ago, allowing same-sex couples to finally say their “I Do’s” to the ones they love.
The first marriage took place in the Schoenberg area of Berlin, the city’s predominately gay neighborhood and an iconic location for the gay rights movement. More than 100 guests, almost half of which were journalists, crowded the town hall Golden Room to witness the historic moment as Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende affirmed their 38-year relationship with Germany’s first gay marriage.
Sunday’s change in Germany’s marriage law is a big step for the country, and hopefully the start of new progress in gay rights. Next on the list is no doubt the issue of adoption, something the country has made it next to impossible for same-sex couples to take part in.