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Germany considering marriage rights for same-sex unions
Matthew Pomy at 7:28 AM ET
Germany has been slowly expanding its same-sex union rights. This expansion has been largely driven by court rulings. Earlier this month, a German court ruled that homosexual couples in a civil union should receive the same tax benefits [JURIST report] as heterosexual married couples. In 2010 the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that a portion of the tax code requiring gay couples to pay a larger inheritance tax than partners in heterosexual marriages is unconstitutional [JURIST report]. Before the ruling the German tax code required gay couples to pay between 17 and 50 percent for an inheritance tax upon the death of a partner, while heterosexual married partners were required to pay between 7 and 30 percent for the tax. In June of the same year an administrative court in Berlin held that a same-sex marriage performed abroad must be recognized [JURIST report] in a registered partnership in Germany.
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