I just ran across a rather random piece of information at the train station in Nuremberg. We have these really big info screens there, and at regular intervals, they present historical information. Today, 20 years ago, for instance, homosexuality was legalized in Germany.
I can’t understand why any government should be concerned with their citizens sexuality in the first place. Generally, Germany is very easy when it comes to stuff like that. So long as you’re not taking advantage, or offering recompense, it is legal to have sex with anyone 14 years and older. Yes, age of consent in Germany is 14. Most Germans don’t even believe it, when I say that, but the law is clear in that respect. It is not so clear on the taking advantage and recompense part, so it’s still safe to say that sex with anyone younger than 18 as an adult breaks some kind of law, which will likely get you into serious trouble.
Anyway, even though we don’t persecute or prosecute gays for doing what is really no one elses business, we still can’t seem to open up marriage for them, especially in the rather conservative South, i.e. Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. That is stupid as hell.