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Gay German MP leading equal marriage fight resigns after tabloid exposé

Gay German MP leading equal marriage fight resigns after tabloid exposé

Volker Beck is a leading figure in the campaign for full marriage equality.

Germany’s ‘father of civil partnerships’, Volker Beck, has stepped down from all political offices after he was allegedly caught with drugs.

Beck, who is a member of the Green Party, was arrested last night (1 March) near the Nollendorfplatz in Berlin’s gay quarter.

He was found to be in possession of 0.6 grams of a ‘substance suspected to be a narcotic drug’ Martin Steltner, spokesperson of Berlin’s department of public prosecution, told leading tabloid BILD.

The nature of the substance has not been clarified; the newspaper alleges Beck was carrying crystal meth. This has not been confirmed either by Beck or by police.

Early this afternoon (2 March), Beck released a statement on his official website as well as on Facebook announcing his decision to give up all offices.

Hiermit stelle ich meine Ämter als innen- und religionspolitischer Sprecher meiner Fraktion und Vorsitzender der…

Posted by Volker Beck on Wednesday, 2 March 2016

 

‘I hereby hand over my offices as spokesperson for internal affairs as well as religious matters of my parliamentary group, and as chairperson of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group, to my parliamentary group,’ the statement reads.

‘I always stood for a liberal policy on drugs. My lawyer will, in due time, deliver a statement to the department of public prosecution in regards to the allegations made against me.

‘I will not give a public statement on this.’

A staunch supporter of marriage equality, with his 1992 campaign for marriage equality bringing him into the public eye, Beck also drafted Germany’s law allowing civil partnerships.