Marriage equality finally came to Germany after decades of struggle on Friday.

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Start of the 1980s

Start of the 1980s

Gay groups in East Germany begin their demands for legal recognition for marriage equality.

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End of the 1980s

End of the 1980s

Three leaders in the LGBT community, Volker Beck, Günter Dworek and Manfred Bruns, publish a number of papers in which they demand equal rights. For the first time in West Germany, a legal construct for same-sex couples appeared within these papers. Beck, Dworek and Bruns considered the ban on same-sex marriage a serious discrimination. They emphasize that it's important for gay and lesbian partnerships to be recognized in order for homosexuals to become more broadly accepted in the society.

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1989

1989

Denmark becomes the first country in the world to introduce registered civil partnerships for same-sex couples.

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