Luxembourg: Marriage, Adoption Bill Approved

Luxembourg: Marriage, Adoption Bill Approved

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Photo: Celso Flores
Photo: Celso Flores

On Wednesday a bill was approved to extend marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples in Luxembourg with a 56-4 vote.

“They should have the same rights as heterosexuals,” Parliamentarian Viviane Loschetter said.

Last year, when gay Prime Minister Xavier Bettel took office, he said marriage rights would include same-sex couples in his country this year. While the main political parties in Luxembourg support equality, some, like Parliamentarian Roy Reding of the secretary general of the conservative Alternative Democratic Reform Party, do not.

“The most important institution of our society, marriage, is ruined,” Reding said.

Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights program at Human Rights Watch, said the bill will help everyone.

“This is a happy day for Luxembourg and for those who favor equal rights for all, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Dittrich said. “The law will enable gays and lesbians in Luxembourg to marry the person they love and will strengthen fundamental rights of everyone in Luxembourg to equality and non-discrimination.”

Luxembourg will now join France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Wales, Spain, Portugal and Iceland and 19 states in the United States in marriage equality.

“The decision to approve marriage equality in Luxembourg is a pivotal moment amid international efforts to guarantee the rights of LGBT people worldwide,” Dittrich said. “We look forward to other European countries also moving quickly to ensure marriage equality, including Ireland, which will hopefully endorse the right for same-sex couples to marry in a 2015 constitutional referendum.”

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