Date of Award

Summer 6-29-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literature

First Advisor

Beverly Weber

Second Advisor

Ann Schmiesing

Third Advisor

Celeste Montoya


Same-sex marriage activists in Germany have been making steady progress in the last decade and a half. Given that same-sex marriage is seemingly very close to becoming legal in Germany, there are important questions of what this means for Germans. This thesis considers what potential positive and negative effects the LGBTQ community in Germany may face as a result of the opening of same-sex marriage. It uses the current laws in place for same-sex life partnerships; theory surrounding sexuality, marriage and relationships; as well as current political activism in Germany’s LGBTQ community today to examine these questions.