The move brings Germany into line with many other European nations including France, Britain and Spain and follows Merkel's surprise decision this week to allow her lawmakers to follow their own conscience rather than the party line on the issue.
Merkel, daughter of a Protestant pastor, voted against the bill.
The move brings Germany into line with many other European nations...
Volker Beck of Germany's environmental party Die Gruenen (The Greens) celebrates after a session of the lower house of parliament Bundestag voted on legalizing same-sex marriage.
The news follows a successful swoop earlier this month against the darknet sharing platform Elysium, which was shut down after an investigation that lasted several weeks.
Christian and the other person involved, were sentenced to two years and eight months, and one year and nine months respectively.
Just over a decade ago, Germany legalized prostitution in the hopes that it would help sexworkers emerge from the margins of society and enjoy legal protections. There are indications that pimps are as powerful as ever and human trafficking remains a scourge.
She kicked him out of their home shortly before the incident took place.
He had returned to the attic they share, whereupon he blindfolded himself – a common occurrence – and they proceeded to have sex.