Previously known for its outspoken positions against gays, gender equality and immigrants, the Alternative for Germany – which is contesting in the EU elections this weekend – is now courting gays, women and immigrants
The German English-language news website Spiegel reports that the right-wing party has suddenly announced the establishment of a national working group for gay and lesbian issues.
‘I think it’s great,’ AFD founder Bernd Lucke reportedly said via his spokesperson about the LGBT group.
When German football player Thomas Hitzlsperger came out as a gay man earlier this year, Lucke said that he would have preferred to see him commit to family values.
The party also recently formed a network of female supporters.
Journalist Melanie Amann noted, ‘The only policies toward women the party had previously announced were its fight against "gender mainstreaming" and gender quotas in the work place. Now, suddenly, AFD claims it wants to "eliminate existing disadvantages" for working women.’
Same-sex civil unions are legal in Germany although same-sex marriage is not. Same-sex couples in civil unions can adopt if the child is biologically related to one of the partners.
The Globe and Mail reports that the party is polling between 5 per cent and 7 per cent which is likely to result in a ‘mere four or five seats’ in the 751-member European Parliament.