German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out against gay marriage in a YouTube interview with German Internet star LeFloid.
“I’m someone who is very supportive of us eliminating all discrimination. We have come a long way; when I remember, 25 years ago, many people didn’t dare to say that they are gay or lesbian,” Merkel said. “For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships."
When pressed further, Merkel clarified her position on the issue, maintaining that she was against discrimination towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people despite her stance on the definition of marriage.
“I am for registered civil partnerships. I am for our not having any discrimination in tax legislation. And wherever we still find discrimination, we will continue to dismantle it,” she said in the interview. “I don’t want discrimination and (I want) equality, but I make a difference at some point."
Merkel previously ruled out the legalization of gay marriage in Germany after May’s historic ruling in Ireland.
“Today was an important milestone in dismantling discrimination and the chancellor is pleased about that … but same-sex marriages are not a goal of this government." a spokesman for Merkel said at the time.
Following Merkel’s comments on same-sex marriage, LGBT rights advocates criticized her comments about not supporting discrimination.
“Can someone really support ‘eliminating all discrimination’ if they believe that same-sex unions shouldn’t be labeled as ‘marriages?’” a spokesman for a UK LGBT charity called Stonewall. “It must be a quiet week for Angela if her current concern is synonyms."