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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2001 file picture German lesbian couple Gudrun Pannier, left, and Angelika Baldow, right, kiss each other in the Rathaus Schoeneberg, city hall, in Berlin . Pannier and Baldow were the first gay couple in Berlin who exchanged vows at a partnership ceremony to receive some of the same rights as heterosexual marriages under a new law that went into effect on Aug. 1, 2001. Gay rights campaigners won a victory in Germany on Thursday June 6, 2013 when the country’s top court ordered the government to grant homosexual civil unions the same tax benefits as heterosexual married couples. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled that treating the two forms of partnership differently for tax purposes violates the country’s guarantee of equal rights. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File )