In Germany the country's ruling party led by Chancellor Angela Merkel (pictured) will at the moment not initiate further LGBTI equality legislation after a German supreme court ruling which has caused controversy within her party.
Germany’s constitutional court recently ruled that the present ban on same-sex couples adopting their partner’s adopted children was unconstitutional because it violated the principle of equal treatment.
Associated Press reported that some members of the Merkel's party had argued that the party should move forward with granting further rights such as equal tax rights, as opposed to waiting to be forced into action.
Other party members however was worried about alienating traditional supporters ahead of German elections in September.
The CDU party’s general secretary Herman Groehe said on Monday that party leaders had agreed to not currently push more legislation.
Meanwhile, opposition parties and gay activists have accused the Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union of holding back on equality for gay couples.