So much hysteria on this thread.
Germany is a more sound democracy than the US these days. Hello, semi-fascist Republican Party! Hello, Patriot Act (upheld by Obama)! Hello, compliant mainstream media!
We don't have shit like that in Germany. Thank God! Why? Because Germany has learned from her past; the US, meanwhile, never had to go through a period of true fascism, and consequently Americans don't even know they are dealing with fascists NOW.
About Germany, 2012: The second most powerful politician in the country, vice-chancellor and close colleague of Angele Merkel, Mr. Guido Westerwelle, is openly GAY and MARRIED TO A MAN.
Get back to me when the US has an openly gay Vice President, married to a man, working with a conservative President.
Ha and ha!
About Merkel's opposition to the tax thing: it's a purely Machiavellian move. Germany has a national election coming up, and she is playing to the social conservative gallery.
Merkel has almost zero say over the whole issue, anyway. And she knows that! Our counterpart to the Supreme Court is deciding on this issue next year. Considering public opinion has shifted towards gay rights, it is expected to rule in our (gay) favor. And she knows that as well.
Yes, Machiavellism is unpleasant, but it is what it is. Merkel herself doesn't even believe in her oppostion to full gay rights.
Just recently she encouraged gay football stars to come out of the closet, because it was time and Germany was ready for this (according to her).
How many Nazis will say something like that?
Finally, the posters calling all of Germany fascist because the leader of one party said this or that, are nasty racists themselves.
What about the millions upon millions of Germans who voted for the social democracts, the Green party, and the Left party (all of whom are for full equality)? Are they Nazis too, because you guys don't like Merkel?
And how come the UK Tory party, which stopped gay marriage this year, isn't called fascist?
Selective racism is worse than blind racism.