Bavarian PM: German coalition coerces gender


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The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has accused the traffic light coalition of state coercion to so-called gendering. “It’s wrong to compulsively prescribe gender.”

Söder said this on Twitter. According to the Bavarian Christian Democrats leader, the current coalition is “always about coercion instead of freedom”. The only real thing the parties have in common, according to Söder, is their shared desire for a re-education of the German population.

According to Söder, the social “change in the era of traffic lights” is directed against most ordinary people. He also thinks it is “wrong” to regulate drugs such as cannabis. He made these comments also in an interview with the German daily Bild. In that interview, Söder was also critical of people who want to remove paragraph 218 — which outlaws abortions unless carried out within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and only under certain circumstances. According to Söder, the possible removal of this law “jeopardises the balance between self-determination and the protection of life.”


Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) criticised the statements. He accuses Söder of “false factual allegations”. On Twitter, he asked where the Liberals had agreed to new regulations, such as “gender”.

The Federal Ministry of Justice spokesman, Eike Hosemann, made a similar statement. Söder’s claims were completely unfounded, he told Bayerischer Rundfunk. No provision in federal law requires private individuals to use gender-sensitive language. Corresponding plans or considerations on the part of the federal government did not exist.



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