[JURIST] The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] on Wednesday ruled that homosexual couples in a civil union [JURIST news archive] should receive the same tax benefits as heterosexual married couples. The court held [Deutsche Welle report] that with regard to land transfer tax, gay couples should enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples and further noted that the decision should apply retroactively, meaning that those couples who did not receive any benefits in the past would...

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