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On October 1, 2017 same-sex marriage became legal with all the benefits and obligations of marriage as prescribed by the Constitution.
The passage of the law has obviated the need for any future “civil partnerships.” Couples already entered into a civil partnership can convert that to an official marriage or can continue with the civil partnership and enjoy the full legal protections and obligation of a marriage.
Marriages are considered legal unions or "legally binding contracts" between the persons involved.
Marriage has traditionally been protected from the outset under the Constitution.
Couples planning to get married in Germany should get started with the legal formalities as soon as possible. Things can usually be disposed of in far less time than that, but a number of legal issues, particularly previous marriages, can create a hassle.
The first places to check when you decide to get married are your local embassy or consulate and the local magistrate's office (). Requirements may vary from region to region and there may be some extra requirements depending on the nationality, previous marital status and other circumstances of one or both partners.
It is also a good idea to check if a marriage in Germany will be recognized in your home country.
Back to top They take great pains at the to avoid any trappings (organ music, for example, or stained-glass windows) that might rightly or wrongly be deemed "too Christian." Quite a few Muslims, Jews and atheists get married at the registrar's office, and they can be sensitive about such things.
Nevertheless, the wedding rooms are usually nice, exclusively for weddings and located in one of the community's finer buildings.
There are agencies in most larger cities that will rent out the clothing necessary for the wedding; not only for the groom and ushers, but also, what was once but rarely seen in America, for the bride and bridesmaids.
Wedding coaches, drawn by four white horses, are also available as well as antique cars, limousines and the like.
Everybody getting married in Germany must first appear physically at a wedding (and document processing) can range from €65 to €200 and the ceremony usually is conducted in German so it may be advisable (and in certain circumstances mandatory) to have an interpreter present.