Now that Angela Merkel is on record stating that marriage is a union between a man and a women, will we see the neoliberal defenders of ‘exceptional’ values rush to Twitter, Facebook and blog post comments to scorn the German Chancellor and all of Germany for its “traditional” take on marriage.
Will Germany be sanctioned, protested and “isolated”?
Will Hollywood start crafting movie scripts and TV story lines to showcase Germany’s intolerance towards an LGBT lifestyle?
Will Obama, Jen Psaki and Samantha Powers start giving passionate speeches on how backwards Germany is as a country for not following the neoliberal template?
Can we start talking about “German aggression” and how Angela Merkel rules over a totalitarian/authoritarian regime? Can we call her the next Stalin or Hitler or Saddam…take your pick.
Come on all you Social Justice Warriors where are you? NYT, BBC, Business Insider journalists, and champions of human rights everywhere…where is the outrage?
What if Vladimir Putin had said the words…”For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships.”
Via the Independent UK:
The German Chancellor backed equal benefits for same-sex couples – such as tax breaks – and said that while discrimination should be “eliminated” she drew a “difference” between civil partnerships and marriage.
But the committed Christian, who has been married twice, gave her personal definition of marriage as ‘a man and a woman living together’, in a YouTube interview with Florian Mundt, a YouTube known under the alias LeFloid who has a significant online following.
“I’m someone who is very supportive of us eliminating all discrimination. We have come a long way; when I remember, 25 years ago, many people didn’t dare to say that they are gay or lesbian,” she said, according to the Huffington Post.
“For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships.”
Ms Merkel went on to say stress that marriage should be strictly defined as between a man and a woman, adding: “I am for registered civil partnerships. I am for our not having any discrimination in tax legislation. And wherever we still find discrimination, we will continue to dismantle it,” according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
Explaining further, the German leader said: “I don’t want discrimination and [I want] equality, but I make a difference at some point.”
In May, Ms Merkel ruled out introducing same-sex marriage in Germany following the referendum in Ireland.
A spokesperson for the Chancellor told Reuters news agency at the time: “Today was an important milestone in dismantling discrimination and the chancellor is pleased about that… but same-sex marriages are not a goal of this government.”
A spokesman for UK LGBT charity Stonewall said: “Can someone really support ‘eliminating all discrimination’ if they believe that same-sex unions shouldn’t be labelled as ‘marriages’?
“It must be a quiet week for Angela if her current concern is synonyms.”
Merkel, a former research scientist, is the daughter of a Lutheran minister and has described herself as a member of the evangelical church.