See how Germany's LGBTQ community is celebrating a long-awaited same-sex marriage victory

Germany’s LGBTQ community and its allies celebrated on Friday after the German Parliament officially voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

The measure passed Parliament by a wide margin of 393-226, with Chancellor Angela Merkel choosing to break with her party, the Christian Democrats, and vote against legalization.

German Green Party politician Volker Beck and other members of the German Parliament celebrate the vote to legalize same-sex marriage.Michael Sohn/AP
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit (C-R) attends an LGBTQ rally in Berlin following the vote on same-sex marriage.Tobias Schwartz/Getty Images
Katrin Goering-Eckardt, parliamentary group leader of the Greens, and Volker Beck cut a wedding cake in rainbow colors in honor of the German governments vote for marriage equality.Tobias Schwarz/Getty Images
A man hoists a rainbow flag on Friday in Cologne, western Germany, following the same-sex marriage legalization.Oliver Berg/Getty Images

“I am certain that just a few years from now, as a society, we will look back on this decision on marriage equality and ask ourselves, ‘Why on earth did it take us so long?’” Christine Lüders, director of the German government’s anti-discrimination agency, told the New York Times.

The vote makes Germany the 23rd country to legalize same-sex marriage, according to GLAAD, with over 83% of Germans supporting marriage equality prior to Friday’s vote.

Supporters of gay rights gathered outside the Chancellery in Berlin to celebrate following a vote legalizing gay marriage on Friday.Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Supporters celebrate German Parliament vote to legalize same-sex marriage.Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Same-sex marriage advocates celebrate “historic” day.Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Two marriage-equality advocates kiss after German Parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage.Sean Gallup/Getty Images

“Love prevails once again as LGBTQ couples in Germany obtain the right to marry the person they love and build lasting, loving families in their communities,” GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “As the world faces a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ activism, victories like we see in Germany highlight the importance of LGBTQ people staying visible.”

In response to the government’s momentous decision, hundreds of marriage equality supporters celebrated the news in front of the Bundestag lower house of parliament and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, according to Reuters.

People celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Friday.Tobias Schwarz/Getty Images
People celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Friday.Tobias Schwarz/Getty Images

“This is simply a historic day for Germany,” marriage equality activist Soeren Landmann told Reuters. “Today, thousands of same-sex couples were given equality, and the two-class society in matters of love was abolished. Germany can really rejoice today.”