07:29 GMT03 August 2021
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    Bundestag Vice President Johannes Singhammer of Germany's Bavarian Christian Social Union party, the sister of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said that his federal state should challenge the recently approved law on the legalizing of same-sex marriages in the Constitutional Court.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — He stressed that such a challenge would help to "quickly reach clarity on whether or not the new definition of marriage is against the constitution."

    "To achieve legal clarity, I recommend to call upon the Constitutional Court [to decide on the issue]," Singhammer told the Welt newspaper, adding that despite individual citizens being able to file the challenge, the process would be faster "if the government of a state were to do it, for example, the government of the state of Bavaria."

    On Friday, the Bundestag approved the law on the legalization of same-sex marriages, with 393 votes supporting the legislation and 226 voting against it. According to media reports, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is the leader of the CDU-CSU bloc, said she voted against the new law.


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