A group of Evangelicals controlling 719 parishes in west Germany have said they will start marrying gay and lesbian couples.
The Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, Germany’s second-biggest territorial church, voted on the decision during their synod.
Until now, gay couples could only receive a consecration or blessing, which does not count as a religious ceremony. The new change in church constitution abolishes this separation.
During a debate, members said there was no legal or theological reason for a different treatment of married couples and those living in a civil partnership.
It's time Germany!