Good News, 30th June


Written by Don't Panic
30 Friday 30th June 2017

Welcome to Good News – your weekly roundup of the most blindingly positive, life-affirming news stories from around the globe.


German parliament (finally) votes to legalise same-sex marriage

Today same-sex marriage became legal in Germany after a parliamentary vote returned 393 votes in favour, beating 292 against. The bill grants gay couples all of the same rights as heterosexual couples, most notably the right to adoption.

As much as we welcome the news, we can’t help but note that the Germans are a little late to the party, years behind the UK, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, and even traditionally religious or socially conservative countries like Ireland, the USA, South Africa, Mexico and Brazil.

Even Angela Merkel, the country’s chancellor, voted against the legislation, stating that she personally believed marriage was for a man and a woman. Despite insisting that her reasons were personal, and that she ultimately hoped the result would lead to greater social cohesion, her vote stands as an uncomfortable reminder of the outdated mindset that continues to dominate the ruling elites of even the most liberal and democratic European nations.


Boy, 5, saves brother from choking on meatball

Oliver Bevans from Cheadle, Staffordshire used first aid training taught at school to dislodge a meatball that was choking three-year-old brother Stanley.

The boys were at their grandma’s, who was out of the room when the incident happened.

His mum Amy Bevans said: "I don't think he will ever realise what he has done for his brother."


Celebrities take to Twitter to cheer up boy who is being bullied at school

A dad’s appeal for messages of support for his son who is being bullied has received thousands of responses on Twitter, including messages from Russell Crowe, Stormzy, CBBC presenter Ben Shires, and an invitation from the England football team to attend a match in September.

Christopher, father of Ollie (9), initially posted: "Strange request. Anyone know anyone famous/well known who could send Ollie a positive/9th birthday message. The bully keeps saying to him that everything O has, he has bigger/better/more often. O excited for his birthday but keeps being told it won't be as good as his own.

"I would be so grateful and I appreciate it is an odd request. Just would love someone to tell him he does mean something.”

The post quickly went viral and received responses from a load of super cute responses. See the best below.






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