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Equality : In Memmingen, it is disputed whether women can catch fish

Whether women and men are always and to treat under all circumstances, is a question that is increasingly being made also to German traditions and customs. Last Bremen was the center of criticism, where in addition to the traditional professionals meal also the so-called Eiswette local merchants for women to open. To remain the President of the organizing club, the, a "gentleman's club", spoke of "Gendergaga". So far, less known, are now also in the Bavarian town of Memmingen conflicts: A woman calls for the participation in the male-dominated annual fishing day. She will be supported by a lawyer from Berlin.

The fishing day is held every summer before the holidays in Memmingen. He has a history that dates back to the middle ages. The annual spectacle attracts around 30 000 visitors and contributors. On the fishing day the city of Bach is fishing to be drained and cleaned. On the dot of eight o'clock in the morning "itch" (jump) is usually more than 1000 fishermen after a gun shot in the Creek. Knee-deep they stand in the water, equipped with a fishing net, and fishing. The goal is to catch the heaviest brook or rainbow trout. The one who succeeds will be named the Fisher king.

The day is it Patriarchal table

organizers of the festival of the fishermen tags club Memmingen. Up to here is equality enough between the sexes: members are allowed to be both male and female. Around the day of celebration but it is Patriarchal. In the articles of Association States that the group of the city of Bach, Fischer, alone, has the right, on the fishing day the city Creek out and the king would gain, "takes only male members of the club", the first residence for at least five years in Memmingen.

The Berlin-based attorney-at-law, Susann Bräcklein represents a Memmingerin, which currently makes some Trouble. Therefore, it attracts your client to remain anonymous. You are required to change the articles of Association of the fishermen of the tags Association, and to be in the sub-group of the town Creek fishing. A member of the Association you already. Of the city of Bach fishermen, however, remains excluded just because she is a woman.

girls Can like boys sing?

The delegates of the Association rejected a first application at the beginning of 2018, to great applause, as in a local paper is noted. But the woman is stubborn. Your request has placed it at the end of January again and now wants to turn on the anti-diskrimin of the Federal government. Bräcklein, formerly speaker of the SPD group in the Bundestag, and a research assistant at the Federal constitutional court has made a relevant commitment. So, it calls for the inclusion of girls in boys ' choirs. "Girls can be boys inside," she wrote recently in the daily mirror. Voice differences are, if at all, only experts are audible.

Similar to Bräcklein argued now. Not only men could catch trout. "This is discrimination." To the side of the basic law, article three, which not only because of the gender disadvantage must be her. "The need to apply for the state-funded associations equally," says Bräcklein. The articles of Association of the fishermen's tags Association refers to the exclusively male Tradition. "This cannot justify the exclusion of women."

The lawyer argued that the club, other than it stands for in its articles of Association, not a charitable purpose within the meaning of the tax code. Bräcklein refers to a judgment of the Federal court of Finance from the year 2017. It States that a Masonic Lodge, which excludes women, in accordance with its Federal tradition of the membership, may not be in the tax purposes of a non-profit (Az. V R 52/15). Because this requires that the activity is intended to encourage the General public in material, spiritual or moral area selflessly, in all possible variants of mental or moral activities of the social community tasks to free time activities. Then the law granted a tax credit.

animal rights activists see the event "barbaric"

Only male-only Masonic lodges are not able to be charitable because with the exclusion of women the goal will not be achieved to promote the "General public". The Same must apply to the city of Bach, Fischer, Bräcklein, which also requires that the authorities must have an eye:. "The tax office for the audit of the charitable status of the reason-less to the exclusion of women, and promotes the state's self-discrimination, and unreasonable to expect victims of Discrimination to seek redress," that criticized you.

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conflict in the Hanseatic city of women is not desired


Reichelt nationwide headlines, the trout made the feast yet from a different perspective. The animal protection organization Peta for years for a ban. The event was "barbaric". But Peta also referred to the equality problem, and requested 2016, the Bavarian women's representatives, for the end of the Fishing day. You will hear from the city. Your request should fail, considering the affected Memmingerin the corridor in front of court.

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