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German Court Against Gay Marriage

German Court Against Gay Marriage


A German court ruled against legalizing gay marriage, saying one German man is limited to a "civil partnership" with his partner of 17 years.

Andreas Boettcher (pictured), who was married in another country, went to court to overturn his single status on a German registration card, therefore bringing the issue of gay marriage to a Berlin court.

Boettcher married his Spanish partner in Montreal in 2006, according to the Associated Press. Gay marriage is legal in both Canada and Spain, where the couple holds a family registry.

German civil partnerships are the equivalent of a civil union in the United States. German couples registered as civil partners can receive some basic rights but do not receive many rights associated with marriage.

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