The Chancellor voted against it, but same-sex marriage has been approved by a big margin in the German parliament.The country has become the 14th in Europe and 23rd in the world to legalise same-sex weddings.This after Angela Merkel did a u-turn and allowed MPs in her ruling conservative bloc to follow their conscience instead of vote along party lines.After the vote, Merkel told reporters: \u201cFor me, matrimony protected by the constitution means marriage between a man and a woman, and therefore I did not vote for this draft law today.\u201dBut Merkel added that she hopes the vote promotes \u201crespect between different opinions and brings more social cohesion and peace\u201d. One supporter of the law, Ulli K\u00f6ppe, spoke outside the parliament after the result came through: \u201cI am no less worthy than a heterosexual man. I\u2019m equal, and that had to be fixed, and now it is, and I am unbelievably happy. \u201cAnd if I want to, I now can \u2013 in one of the most democratic countries in the world \u2013 finally have the opportunity to call my partner my husband.\u201dCelebrations are being held across the country after the vote.Lesbian woman Shoshana Brand said: \u201cWe\u2019ve been married for eight years, very happily married, but we were never allowed to call it that. We feel absolutely equal, proud and happy.\u201dThe German parliament voted by 393 votes in favour of same-sex marriage and 226 against.The bill is likely to be signed into law by the president in July.