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Germany Legalises Same Sex Marriage

Germany's lower chamber of Parliament, the Bundstag, approved a measure by a vote of 393 to 226 to legalize same-sex marriage.

The vote came suddenly after Chancellor Angela Merkel softened her stance on the issue to allow a legislator's to "vote their conscience" on this last day of the country's legislative session.

Merkel herself voted against the measure, saying after the vote, "For me and the basic law, it’s about the marriage of a woman and a man. That’s why I voted against it. I hope that the vote today shows not only the mutual respect for different opinions but that this also leads to more peace and social cohesion as well.”


Your Guide to a very Gay London Olympics


So, you have the extra sports channels locked in, the snacks to nibble on whilst the athletes of the world make you feel guilty for popping anything into your mouth - there is just one more thing you need - the list of our communities sporting superstars so you can rally behind the pink who are going for the gold!

Well, let me tell you that the number of openly gay and lesbian athletes at the 2012 London Summer Olympics is on par with the totals for Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

There are 13 openly gay and lesbian London Olympians, plus one coach. This compares with 11 in Athens and 10 in Beijing.

The 13 openly gay and lesbians athletes are:

Matthew Mitcham (Australia, diving)

Edward Gal (Netherlands, equestrian)

Judith Arndt (Germany, cycling)

Seimone Augustus (U.S., basketball)

Imke Duplitzer (Germany, fencing)

Megan Rapinoe (U.S. soccer)

Marilyn Agliotti (Netherlands, field hockey)

Maartje Paumen (Netherlands, field hockey)

Natalie Cook (Australia, beach volleyball)

Alexandra Lacrabère (France, handball)

Jessica Landström (Sweden, soccer)

Carole Péon (France, triathlon)

Jessica Harrison (France, triathlon)

* Péon and Harrison are a couple. In addition, Pia Sundhage, U.S. women’s soccer head coach, is openly gay.

So there you have it - the full list of openly Gay athletes. Check your local listings for when they are on - and instead of championing for your own country - go for the rainbow flag!

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