Wolfgang Stefinger (CSU): He published the declaration of love at the same time as partner Sepp Müller on Twitter
Photo: Wolfgang Maria Weber / IMAGO
They probably have more in common than the Bundestag mandate and parliamentary group membership: Wolfgang Stefinger (CSU), member of the Bundestag from Bavaria, and the deputy chairman of the Union parliamentary group, Sepp Müller (CDU), have made their love for each other public.
At the same time, the two Union politicians posted a joint photo on their Twitter channels at 5 p.m. on Monday.
The text for the picture is also coordinated: »11 percent of all couples get to know and love each other at work.
Sometimes colleagues become friends.
Friendship became love for us.
We are happy,” it says.
Müller has had a mandate in the Bundestag since 2017.
He sits in parliament for Dessau-Roßlau and the Saxony-Anhalt district of Wittenberg.
According to his website, Müller has been a "proud father" since 2013 and is "one of the youngest fathers in the Bundestag".
In a conversation with the "Stern" a few years ago, he expressed himself quite cautiously on the subject of same-sex marriage.
"Dad, mom, child" are "the rule" for him as a family, he told the magazine in 2017. "We still accept the others," Müller is further quoted as saying.
The article was about the 2017 federal election and the candidates in the East German AfD stronghold of Wittenberg-Dessau.
The Munich Stefinger has been a member of the Bundestag since 2013.
He was one of seven CSU MPs who voted for marriage for all in 2017.
The first reactions to the couple's coming out were not long in coming.
"Congratulations and all the best to you both," wrote Paul Ziemiak, member of the Bundestag and former Secretary General of the CDU.
CSU Secretary General Martin Huber also sent congratulations to the couple via Twitter, as did former FDP Secretary General Linda Teuteburg and ex-Minister of Health Jens Spahn.
He also commented with the song line "Only love lets us live" by the singer Mary Rose.