German court demands tax equality for LGBT couples

Tax forms, calculator and EurosBY RYAN COLLETT

Gay and lesbian couples in Germany can now pay the same amount of taxes as married heterosexual couples. The welcomed change comes as a surprising turn of events during Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative administration.

When legal partnerships for gay and lesbian couples were first created in 2001, the law still lacked proper tax equality definition. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union administration has been against tax equality efforts until members of the party recently called for a re-examination of the law.


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