7th July 2017: The Same-Sex Marriage Act passes the Bundesrat on 7th July. The act passes both chambers without a change to the constitution.
30th June 2017: Vote in the Bundestag: 393 deputies vote for equality, 226 are against, and four abstain.
28th June 2017: The Bundestag Committee on Legal Affairs recommends by majority vote that marriage should be opened to same-sex couples on the basis of the bill drafted by the Bundesrat.
27th June 2017: CDU and CSU permit their deputies to vote as they wish – there is no party whip on the vote.
26th June 2017: In a TV panel discussion, Chancellor Merkel softens her opposition to same-sex marriage and suggests the issue should be the subject of a free (conscience) vote in parliament.
25th June 2017: In his speech at the SPD party conference, SPD candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz vows he will not sign a coalition agreement that does not pledge to introduce same-sex marriage.
24th June 2017: FDP Chairman Christian Lindner also declares: no coalition without same-sex marriage.
17th June 2017: At their party conference, the Green Party make same-sex marriage a condition of a post-election coalition.
April 2017: The LSVD adopts a resolution on its petitions for the Bundestag election 2017. Among other issues, we ask all the parties: do you undertake only to sign a coalition agreement if it contains a pledge to legalize same-sex marriage?