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The German Bundestag voted by 393 to 226 to legalise same-sex marriage, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to a vote.
The reform grants couples full marital rights and allows them to adopt children.
The German legal code will now read: “Marriage is entered into for life by two people of different or the same sex”, AFP news agency reported.
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Turkish police squashed the LGBT pride march in Istanbul after organisers pressed ahead with the event despite the third ban in as many years by the authorities.
Police with riot shields and helmets sealed off the entrances to Istiklal Street, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group.
Police fired rubber bullets to disperse one group and officers with dogs chased Pridegoers.
Angela Merkel told an event organised by a magazine that her party’s opposition to gay marriage may be over and that German MPs should be allowed a free vote in the Bundestag.
The German chancellor said she felt aggrieved that debate was mainly carried out along party lines and that she hoped it would be “headed towards a conscience vote”.
It is widely believed the Bundestag would legalise gay marriage in a free vote on the issue.
Until recently, there have been no significant advances in Germany for gay and lesbians for some time.
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The Canadian government is expected to become the next country to apologise to former gay staff in the federal civil service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Armed Forces who were interrogated and harassed from the 1950s to the 1990s because of their sexuality.
During the Cold War, hundreds of gay men and lesbians in Canada lost government and military jobs because of their sexual orientation during the “LGBT purge”.
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Organisers of Istanbul’s annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by the authorities of Turkey’s largest city.
The event has been called for Sunday evening in the city’s Taksim Square.
Authorities banned the march for third year in a row, citing security concerns after threats from far-right groups.
The Church of England looks set to condemn controversial “gay cures”, a month after the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May suggested such “treatments” could be banned.
Last month Mrs May said the Government was “reviewing” “gay cure” therapies to see if they should be banned. She said: “We’re looking carefully at the extent of the problem, and the experience of other countries that have introduced bans, to ensure we get the approach to this right.”