Civil unions made legal in Bavaria
DDP/DPA/The Local · 2 Jul 2009, 08:28
Published: 02 Jul 2009 08:28 GMT+02:00
Civil unions have already been legalized in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Thuringia, but this is the first time homosexual partners will have the chance to apply for a civil union in Bavaria, a state known for being conservative. Previously, same sex marriages in Bavaria could only be documented by a notary.
Negotiations between the pro-business Free Demorats (FDP) and coalition partner the Christian Democratic Party (CSU) to make a readjustment to the current legal system had failed after the regional elections in autumn 2008.
The law goes into effect August 1.