Altered Attitudes: Gay Marriage on a Roll in the West

Altered Attitudes: Gay Marriage on a Roll in the West

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 02, 2013

Two US Supreme Court rulings last week bolstering same-sex marriage are symptomatic of shifting public opinion in the West in favor of gay rights. Attitudes have changed so fast in recent years that politicians can hardly keep up. By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Sex Trade: Berlin Votes for Stricter Controls on Brothels

Sex Trade: Berlin Votes for Stricter Controls on Brothels

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2013

Prostitution is legal in Germany, but many critics say this has failed to protect sex workers from exploitation. In a move to address the problem, lawmakers in Berlin voted on Thursday night to subject bordellos to tougher regulation. more... Comment ]

Vater and Vater: Gay Adoption Debate Flusters Conservatives

Vater and Vater: Gay Adoption Debate Flusters Conservatives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2013

Last week, Germany's high court granted tax equality to gay couples. Now, conservatives fear the ensuing debate over what many consider the untouchable last bastion of conservative values: full adoption rights for same-sex couples. By Melanie Amann, Dietmar Hipp and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: Equal Tax Breaks for Gays 'In Spirit of Zeitgeist'

World from Berlin: Equal Tax Breaks for Gays 'In Spirit of Zeitgeist'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2013

Germany's high court has ruled that same-sex couples must be given tax breaks equal to those received by their heterosexual counterparts. The move has been widely hailed on German editorial pages, but there is some dissent. more... Comment ]

Gay Rights: Government to Expedite Same-Sex Tax Law

Gay Rights: Government to Expedite Same-Sex Tax Law

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2013

On Thursday, Germany's high court ruled that tax benefits available to heterosexual married couples must be extended to gay pairs as well. Merkel's conservatives say they will quickly comply. But the party is still opposed to additional rights for same-sex unions. more... Comment ]

High Court Ruling: Germany Grants Tax Equality to Gay Couples

High Court Ruling: Germany Grants Tax Equality to Gay Couples

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2013

Gay and lesbian couples in civil unions should have the same joint tax filing rights as married heterosexual couples, Germany's highest court ruled Thursday, dealing a blow to Chancellor Merkel's conservatives. more... Comment ]

France's First Gay Marriage: Vincent and Bruno Start the Revolution

France's First Gay Marriage: Vincent and Bruno Start the Revolution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 29, 2013

The French public is deeply divided over the recent legalization of same-sex marriage, but that won't stop couples in love from exercising their rights. Amid the emotional debate, the country's first gay marriage will make history on Wednesday in Montpellier. By Stefan Simons in Paris more... Comment ]

France Divided: Clashes at Same-Sex Marriage Protest in Paris

France Divided: Clashes at Same-Sex Marriage Protest in Paris

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 27, 2013

A week after France legalized same-sex marriage, tens of thousands of people joined marches in Paris to protest the law. The Sunday rally ended with clashes between police and right-wing demonstrators. more... Comment ]

Sarkozy's Back: Ex-President Takes Aim at Hollande's Policies

Sarkozy's Back: Ex-President Takes Aim at Hollande's Policies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2013

While French President François Hollande deals with dismal jobless figures and turmoil surrounding the recent legalization of gay marriage, his upbeat predecessor goes on the thinly veiled offensive in Montreal. "When I look at those who succeeded me," Nicolas Sarkozy says, "I feel very good." more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: Hollande Has 'Divided France in Two'

World from Berlin: Hollande Has 'Divided France in Two'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2013

The French parliament's Tuesday decision to approve a same-sex marriage bill sparked violent protests in Paris. In Germany, too, the split opinions on the editorial pages mirror the left-right schism that has left French society divided. more... Comment ]