Luxembourg has become the latest country to legalise equal marriage after a landslide vote in their parliament yesterday afternoon (June 18). The “Same-Sex Marriage Bill” passed by a massive 56-4 votes.
The bill which introduces equal marriage to all citizens of Luxembourg, also introduces adoption rights fro same-sex couples. The law is expected to come into force in early 2015, with the first marriages taking place in Spring 2015.
Unlike many countries which have two houses of parliament, Luxembourg has only one, the Chamber of Deputies. As a result this vote secures the bill into law.
There were only four MPs who were against the bill. Gaston Gibéryen, Fernand Kartheiser and Roy Reding, all of the right-wing Alternative Democratic Reform Party, and Aly Kaes, the only member of the Christian Social People’s Party to vote against the bill.
Luxembourg has becomes the 17th country to legalise equal marriage and the 11th in Europe behind Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, England and Wales and Scotland.*
Speaking of this historic moment Ty Cobb of the Human Rights Campaign said: “We commend the leaders of Luxembourg for granting the nation’s LGBT citizens the rights they deserve, and we congratulate the LGBT activists and advocates who made this historic day possible.”
*The United Kingdom is split as England and Wales are ruled under the same jurisdiction while Scotland has their own parliament. Northern Ireland is the only country in the UK to not have equal marriage.