KARLSRUHE, July 18, 2001 ( – On Wednesday, Germany’s highest court dismissed an appeal of a parliament-sanctioned law to allow homosexual marriage. The states of Bavaria and Saxony appealed to the constitutional court saying that the law, passed by the ruling Social Democrats and their junior coalition partners, the Greens, was an attack on traditional family values.

As of August 1, homosexuals in Germany will be able to wed in registry offices, share a common surname and be granted inheritance and immigration privileges normally reserved for married couples. The court did not rule yet on whether the law contravened the constitution, and that decision is expected next year.

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