For most Germans, they are in the midst of celebrating an age-old tradition of drinking kegs of beer at Oktoberfest, but for two lucky fellows, it’s the biggest day of their lives.
Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende have become the first men to marry in Germany on the day that gay marriage has been legalized. The blissful couple said their nuptials to each other in the town hall ofSchöneberg, Berlin.
Usually the registry offices are closed on Sundays, however, many German cities opened up for this special occasion making it possible for the first time ever to get married as a gay couple.
Prior to today’s inaugural day, Germany has previously allowed same-sex partners to enter into what they call a registered partnership. This has been the case for the last 16 years since 2001, however, it still denied them the same status and legal rights as those that are legally married.