The Chancellor voted against it, but same-sex marriage has been approved by a big margin in the German parliament.\n\nThe country has become the 14th in Europe and 23rd in the world to legalise same-sex weddings.\n\nThis 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.\n\nAfter 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.\u201d\n\nBut Merkel added that she hopes the vote promotes \u201crespect between different opinions and brings more social cohesion and peace\u201d. \n\nOne 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. \n\n\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.\u201d\n\nCelebrations are being held across the country after the vote.\n\nLesbian 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.\u201d\n\nThe German parliament voted by 393 votes in favour of same-sex marriage and 226 against.\n\nThe bill is likely to be signed into law by the president in July.