GERMANY - Lawmakers Approve Same-Sex Marriage

Arno Froese

Germany’s parliament backed the legalization of same-sex marriage in a historic vote hailed by gay activists and leftist parties but criticized by some in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservative bloc and by the Catholic Church.

The move brings Germany into line with many other European nations including France, Britain and Spain and follows Merkel’s surprise decision to allow her lawmakers to follow their own conscience rather than the party line on the issue. Merkel, daughter of a Protestant pastor, voted against the bill.

The vote has particular resonance in Germany as it unwinds a legacy of virulent homophobia. Earlier this year parliament agreed to grant compensation to thousands of gay men jailed under a 19th century law that was strengthened by the Nazis and only dropped in 1969 when homosexuality was decriminalized in West Germany.

A survey by pollster INSA for daily Bild showed that three quarters of Germans favored its legalization.

Lawmakers voted by 393 in favor of same-sex marriage to 226 against, with four abstentions.

The landmark vote came about almost by chance after Merkel announced she would allow lawmakers to vote on same-sex marriage according to their individual conscience, drawing the ire of some in her traditionally Catholic conservative bloc.

-www.reuters.com, 30 June 2017

Arno's commentary

This zeitgeist is a clear signpost for end-time events. The motto is equality at any cost, and somehow echoes the European motto: “United in diversity.”

While we recognize many benefits in the drive for equality, such as women’s suffrage, children’s right to education, transportation and communication access to all, there are other things developing under the banner of equality that are 100% contrary to Holy Scripture. One example is recorded in Genesis 19, where we read of the Sodomites not only requesting “equality,” but superiority by insisting that Lot hand over the two men that came to his house. When Lot answered: “I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly” (verse 7), they answered, “Stand back. And they said again, this one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door” (verse 9).

When God interfered supernaturally, the Sodomites did not repent, but as we can read in verses 10-11: “But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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