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German foreign minister in same-sex union

Sun 19 Sep 2010 In: International News View at Wayback

Germany's foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has formalised his union with his partner and businessman Michael Mronz. Although only close family were present for the ceremony, media reports say the Mayor of Bonn  officiated at the couple's union. In Germany, gay marriage is not recognised by the state, but since 2001 "registered partnerships" for same-sex couples are allowed, which provide some of the rights of marriage. Westerwelle, 48, came out in 2004 at chancellor Angela Merkel's 5oth birthday celebrations. He and 43-year old Mronz, who organises sports events, had met in 2003 and have been a couple ever since.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Sunday, 19th September 2010 - 1:15am

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