Angela Merkel has proved to be an effective leader of Germany who is able to shift with the winds of change, but her conservative Christian Democratic Union(CDU) must confront the ever present issue of gays and lesbians. Polls indicate that her political partner, the Christian Social Union is not that keen with the idea of men kissing and marrying men anymore than women doing so. However, polls indicate that about 75% of people in Germany are OK with such dastardly behavior. Merkel knows that change is necessary, her partners are ready to accept some gay rights, but are not happy about making all rights available.
I assume that ten years from now young people in Europe will be shaking their heads in confusion as to why the idea of men with men or women with women got anyone upset. Merkel, swim with the flow.