From Pink News in Britain:
by Scott Roberts
23 August 2012, 8:23pm
A senior member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats Union (CDU) party has ignited a storm of controversy after she said the country’s future “lies in the hands of families [and] not in same-sex partnerships.”
Ms Reiche, who is a member of the country’s parliament, added the party must “clearly state that it backs the idea of family, children and marriage, and that society is not held together by small groups but from a stable centre.”
Germany’s lawmakers are currently debating whether to legalise marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Earlier this month, several CDU MPs called for gay couples in civil unions to have the same tax breaks as married couples.
Ms Reiche’s outspoken comments have generated a vociferous response from LGBT Germans. More than 7,000 people have joined a protest Facebook group called No Future with Katherina Reiche.
Katherina Reiche may have thought she was just reiterating her party’s traditional pro-nuclear family stance. But remarks she made earlier this week on gay marriage have triggered an outpouring of protest. Indeed, the Internet fury has reached such dimensions that Reiche has taken her own Facebook page offline: here.
USA: Boy Scouts: You can be gay until you turn 18: here.
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