The German parliament (Bundestag) made big news today by legalizing same-sex marriage and dropping the civil unions. But what didn't make the mainstream news here is that right after this vote, the Bundestag passed the "Network Enforcement Act" (NetzDG), the infamous law that fines social networks with up to $57 million if they don't delete hate speech fast enough.
@RoamingMillennial we already had a civil union system, but not full-out same-sex marriage. Marriage still included privileges in terms of taxation and adoption that civil union couples could not get. This has changed now.
Free speech is a big part of East German culture, because we've had a dictatorship until 1990. But it's not a part of West German culture. Last dictatorship there ended in 1945 and since then, people have started to get used to it and no longer worship it.
You can't discuss the holocaust in many European countries. They are thinking about doing the same with global warming "deniers". See Loi Gayssot in France for example.
Huh. I'm not sure why, but I thought same-sex marriage was already legal in Germany. And honestly I'm not surprised Germany is passing stricter hate speech laws. @MindingFreedom I've never been to Germany myself, but it seems like free speech isn't a very big part of German culture?