By BERNSTEIN BERMANSTEINBERLIN, Germany (AP) For decades, Berlin has been a haven for gays and lesbians in Europe, and it’s now the capital of a state that now has a law making it a crime to be gay.
But that law doesn’t go far enough to protect the city’s gay residents.
The German government says the law is too vague and it could lead to discrimination against gay people in the future.
And the city council has already approved a new measure that would criminalize homosexuality.
That’s not all.
A few weeks ago, Berlin became the first German city to pass a law banning gay people from adopting children.
The city council will also vote next month on a measure that could give the city the power to ban gay bars.
The measure is expected to pass the council by a wide margin, but the council has said it may need to amend it.
The council will consider the issue next month.
In Berlin, a large gay community says it was once welcoming but now is being targeted by the new law.
It’s a familiar story.
In the 1970s, gays and their allies started gathering in a large square at the intersection of Berlin’s main boulevard, Oberpfaffenhofen, and Berliner Strasse.
Many of the gay residents were young and had just come out of prison.
It was a peaceful time.
Now, some of them say, it’s a hostile environment.
A handful of gay couples have settled in one building in a small, cramped apartment block.
They have taken advantage of the lack of government regulation.
They’re renting out apartments and even using Airbnb to rent them out.
It started as a group home, then moved to a building that’s now home to gay bars and bars.
But the gay community is growing as well, said Daniela Wasser.
She has been living with her boyfriend and a group of friends in the apartment building for about a year.
They moved in January and have been in the building since, she said.
She was stunned to see how many gay men and lesbians have moved in since she moved in.
Wasser said she is surprised the city hasn’t already started banning the gay bars she has lived in for years.
She said she has heard the rumors of violence but never saw any concrete evidence.
The only thing that seems to be happening is that there are more gay people.
But she said the ban doesn’t do anything to stop them.
“They are allowed to be in the place, but they are not allowed to participate in the lifestyle,” Wasser told The Associated Press.
Wacker said she hopes her friends and neighbors will continue to move forward.
She is also worried about what could happen to the apartments and bars she and other gay residents have used.
“We don’t want the same thing happening to us again,” Wacker told the AP.
The Berliners have no idea how the new bill will be enforced, and the council is considering how it will apply to bars and apartments.
Berliner Mayor Christoph Bülow, who chairs the council, told the news agency dpa that it’s important for the gay communities to understand what will happen if the ban goes into effect.
He said he is “hopeful” the council will approve the new measure.
But he said that’s unlikely, saying that the council doesn’t have enough information about how the ban will work to decide.
He is also concerned about the impact of the ban on Berliners who don’t live near the bars.
He added that there is a high risk that gay people could be targeted for harassment or attacked in the city.
He also said the council may have to revise the ban if the new rules go into effect as scheduled.
But gay advocates have been concerned about how far the city will go to enforce the law.
They say they don’t expect the ban to be enforced.
Some residents of the city are calling on the city to issue licenses to gay couples to move in.
Others worry the law will drive away businesses that would otherwise cater to the gay market.
The gay bars in Berlin have been able to stay open because the new city ordinance requires bars to operate as open bars.
They can’t charge for admission, and some have refused to do so.
Berlin’s mayor says the ban has not changed the way the city sees itself.
“The law does not change how Berliners perceive themselves,” he said.
“It is simply a clarification that we must make to ensure that people of all ages are not being treated as second class citizens.”