I’ve seen many people say that she had this change of heart as a political convenience; so her party can remain in power. That seems rather cynical. The LGBT community wants equal rights, but when a barrier is removed from that goal, it’s not real? Why can’t someone have a genuine change of heart? Would you rather it be that she never has a change of heart? A lot of times people make judgements without real knowledge of the situation or subject and once they learn or have a personal experience, they have a change of heart. I also believe that her understated way of letting people know she’d changed her mind is meant to show that it’s a genuine change of heart.
Earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel unexpectedly opened the floodgates to same-sex marriage.
Her muted declaration at an event with women’s magazine Brigitte that she favoured a free vote on the issue was a tremendous departure from her old position that equal marriage risked “the well-being of children.”
She had previously refused to bend to the popular tide, saying: “For me, marriage is a man and a woman living together.”