Sunday, July 12, 2015

Gauck comes to Ireland

German President Joachim Gauck begins a three-day State visit to Ireland tomorrow.

Gauck was born in Rostock in Nazi Germany, spent most of his adult life in the German Democratic Republic and is now President of a united Federal Republic.

He ministered as a Lutheran pastor in his home town of Rostock on the Baltic Sea.

In an interview with The Irish Times last week when speaking about the Irish marriage referendum he said:

" I thus hope that Germany can also have a stronger debate in which people are not overwhelmed by a feeling that equality between themselves and others is taking something away from them or posing a threat to their own way of life."

Germany introduced civil partnerships for gay couples n 2001.

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