German chancellor Angela Merkel is not endorsing an expansion of gay rights, even though members of her Christian Democratic party are. Merkel is under pressure to take a stand after German’s high court ruled that gays should be allowed to adopt their partner’s adopted children; previously they could only adopt their partner’s biological children. There was momentum among some in Merkel’s party to introduce new laws that would equalize tax laws for same-sex couples — some believed Merkel and her peers were hoping to broaden the party’s base among more liberal voters — but social conservatives among the Christian Democrats cried foul. At a party meeting on Monday, the CDs confirmed they would stick with the status quo when it came to LGBT rights.
More and more, Germany seems to be a stumbling block for both gay rights and economic prosperity in Europe.