German Chancellor Angela Merkel Says ‘No’ to Gay Tax Reform
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to back a plan to treat gay couples the same as straight couples under tax law.
According to The Australian, the politician opposes the measure because she “sees marriage directly linked to the family and both are under the special protection of the state.”
The move is believed to be strategy by Merkel to secure the support of the most conservative side of her party, the Christian Democratic Union, with sights on the general election in nine months, where she’ll be seeking a third term as chancellor.
The country’s top court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of tax inequality next year.
Germany has recognized same-sex partnerships since 2001.