The World from Berlin Debate over Tax Benefits for Gay Couples Heats Up

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has hardly been a model of bonhomie. But now a new debate over extending joint-filing tax benefits to gay couples promises to split her coalition anew. Media commentators say it is time for German conservatives to venture into modernity.
A group of conservative parliamentarians in Berlin has opened a debate on granting gay and lesbian couples in civil unions the same tax benefits as heterosexual married couples.

A group of conservative parliamentarians in Berlin has opened a debate on granting gay and lesbian couples in civil unions the same tax benefits as heterosexual married couples.

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-- Charles Hawley
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