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Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats reject gay marriage in first faction poll

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats reject gay marriage in first faction poll

Angela Merkel will have to debate same-sex marriages in the Bundestag.

The majority of members of chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party’s (CDU) Berlin faction oppose gay marriage, a poll has revealed.

It found 45% were against the German government opening marriage to same-sex couples, with 35% of members in support.

The poll, conducted to gauge member’s opinion on marriage throughout the country, also revealed that 3% deemed the question ‘not important’.

Berlin’s general secretary Kai Wegener, who announced the result today, said: ‘I believe this result will accelerate the debate on a national level.’

The result comes ten days after Merkel said she supported gay marriage, as long as it was not called marriage, in an interview with German Youtube star LeFloid.

According to German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, only 4,750 of the Berlin faction’s 12,500 members took part.

The majority of members over 60 vetoed marriage equality, according to the newspaper, while members younger than 60 tended to support the proposed change.

Berlin’s federal state association for the CDU was the first of 16 – one in each of Germany’s federal states – to take the poll; others are expected to follow in the next weeks.

Germany allows same-sex couples to enter a civil partnership, but adoption is not legal and couples don’t receive all marital benefits.