http://www.tagesschau.de/inland/homoehe162.html Any areas in legal texts that refer to marriage, spouses etc. are now edited to add civil unions and civil union spouses to further ensure equality. A small step, yet remarkable that a conservative government is taking it. The two big topics excluded right now are taxation and adoption rights but even there is now movement within the conservative party with a number of members of the house pushing their party to move also on this issue. The party is reluctant at the moment but the debate is held in a very civilized manner and even conservatives have told in particular the catholic church to stay out of it if they have nothing helpful to add. Considering how aggressively vocal Rome is in this debate in Germany, I commend a party that carries the Christian label in the name that it resists that pressure and remains open to the debate and moves, albeit in small steps, in the right direction.