Snap vote: German lawmakers to vote on same-sex marriage

Story highlights

  • German lawmakers will vote on same-sex marriage this week
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she would like to see "vote of conscience" on the issue
  • Germany lags behind many other countries on gay rights

(CNN)German lawmakers will decide Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage, according to CNN affiliate NTV. The snap vote comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she would like to see parliament move towards a "vote of conscience" on the issue.

Following Merkel's comments, German politicians writing on Twitter called for a vote to be held as soon as possible. Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) -- the second largest party in parliament -- called for parliament not to wait until after the federal election in September. "We will push through marriage equality in Germany," he tweeted. "This week."