Luxembourg Approves Marriage Equality in 56-4 Vote

Luxembourg has approved marriage equality in a 56-4 vote by the Chamber of Deputies. The bill also allows gay couples to adopt children.

LuxembourgLuxembourg Wort reported in May:

The bill, which also includes reforms on other aspects of family law, was first introduced at the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies in May 2012, and has taken over two years to pass to a vote in parliament.

Several changes were made along the way. Most importantly, same-sex couples were granted the right to both closed and open adoption. A previous version of the bill had foreseen that same-sex couples would only be allowed open adoption, in which birth parents retain access to information about their child.

The Luxembourg State Council, however, ruled that this was discriminatory and threatened to withhold approval should closed adoption not be made available to same-sex couples also.


  1. Ben says

    “They don’t have a religious GOP-like party?”

    Actually, they do: The Christian-Social People’s Party (CSV), which is similar to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats. They voted yes. There is a small Tea Partyish outfit, the ADR, which voted no.

    Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, and its deputy prime minister, Etienne Schneider, are both openly gay. Bettel is only the third openly gay prime minister in modern history. (Neither is from the CSV.)

  2. Merv says

    I think Iceland’s legislature voted unanimously. They also had a gay prime minister (a lesbian).

  3. Ken says

    It been a while since we added a new nation to the pro equality column. Number 18 I believe.