Currently, same-sex couples almost receive the same rights as straight married couples but cannot marry.
Since 2001, they can record their union as a «registered life-partnership,» a sort of civil union.
Opponents do not want same-sex unions are regarded as marriages like Thomas Strobl, a CDU politician, who thinks that marriage will be no longer special if it is open to same-sex couples:
«It's clear that [Ireland's decision] will have an effect on our debates and discussions in Germany, rightly so,» Strobl told SWR, adding: «It is a remarkable decision that was made in Ireland.»
«If we make everything the same, then marriage won't be special anymore,» Strobl said.