Merkel explained her thinking changed after a "memorable experience" when she met a lesbian couple who lovingly care for eight foster children in her Baltic coast constituency.
Couples will convert existing civil partnerships or set the seal on their relationships for the first time in Berlin, while others exchange rings in Hanover, Hamburg and other cities.
Local authorities rushed to get weddings underway as soon as possible, after lawmakers voted on June 30th to give Germany's roughly 94,000 same-sex couples the right to marry.
By 2017, same-sex relationships have become so normalised that polls show around 75 percent of Germans are in favour of gay marriage.
Unlike in France, there were no rallies of hundreds of thousands against the law.
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