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Official: Luxembourg to legalize same-sex marriage by summer

Thursday, January 9, 2014

LUXEMBOURG CITY, Luxembourg — The President of Luxembourg’s Parliamentary Committee on Justice said that marriage equality would become law before the summer holidays.

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In an interview with the country’s national media outlet RTL, Viviane Loschetter said that marriage equality bill is a priority of the country’s government.

She also added that the bill would become law before the summer holidays.

The bill has been stalled in parliament since July 2009, when it was introduced by under the administration of former Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker.

The bill promises full marriage equality, including adoption rights for same-sex couples.

Luxembourg’s recently elected openly gay Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, promised during his election campaign to legalize marriage equality by the first trimester of 2014.

The country already has a form of civil union, called Partenariats (partnerships) that were legalized in 2004.

They are based on the French Civil Solidarity Pact (PACS) for both same- and opposite-sex couples.

The partnerships provide many of the rights of marriage in relation to access to welfare benefits and taxes but are not equal or defined as marriage, and do not give the right to jointly adopt children.

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  1. Garrett Piersa

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:12am
  2. does Luxembourg have a large gay population?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:15am
  3. Well it is the second smallest country in Europe (Behind Malta) and only has just over half a million people so id expect a quarter are gay. But thats just me. Anyway whats important is another country has taken a step forward in equality and gays now have a new safe haven to love and marry :)

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:49am
  4. Yes that is a good thing but i never thought of Luxembourg as having any civil rights issues...hell i never hear about that country so i figure it must be doing things well for its people to NOT be in the news

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:59am
  5. I met a few lesbians last time I was there ;)

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:00am
  6. i take it you had a wonderful holiday then

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:04am
  7. Well, both the President and the Prime Minister of Luxembourg are gay men.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:19am
  8. good to know...i'm still the ugly chick in a gay bar...but still good to know

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:25am
  9. Luxembourg doesn't have a large population, period. But good for them with embracing equality.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:38am
  10. Does it matter that their population is large or not? Go Luxembourg!

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:28am
  11. It's a small country but there is a gay community. It's also the richest country in Europe, per capita. The standard of living is very high. It's also part of the Benelux group of countries, which were a precursor of the EU, and both Belgium and the Netherlands have marriage equality so now Luxembourg will also come into line with its historic partners.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:11pm
  12. I always forget about Benelux name...and hopefully the rest of Europe will follow from there

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:13pm
  13. ...I think 4 or 5, dear Joshua Sánchez... ;)

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:01pm
  14. Doesn't matter. Who knows ?

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:17pm
  15. they will now!

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:29pm
  16. If they have one person, it's the right thing to do!

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:48pm
  17. absolutely...fairness comes first.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:20pm
  18. That’s great. I’m proud of people and countries progressing toward everyone having equal rights. We need to see more equality. Eventually everyone is going to have their rights.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:15am
  19. What a surprise haha :P Awesome!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:16am
  20. Apenas calado Raphael Primos

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:18am
  21. I don’t know what triggered all of this but…thank you!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:20am
  22. Gay marriage shouldn’t need to be legalized, it just should be accepted as a nature state of being, like heterosexual marriage.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:21am
  23. why call it marriage when marriage is between a man and a woman .same sex should be called a civil union.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:25am
  24. You're incorrect and petty.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:27am
  25. this is my point.i din't call you names but you are fast to call me names .i have a gay son and a lesbian daughter and they are the ones who pointed that out to me.I have nothing but respect for you,but you cant offer the same to me.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:30am
  26. "separate but equal" was also used to justify segregation during the period of racial integration. how did that work out for us?

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:40am
  27. the biblical definition of a marriage is actually a man and several wives. Coming up with a separatist term to describe same gender marriages only reinforces the second class status of it all. There is no legitimate, non-religious reason that justifies treating gays as inferior to straights in a civil society.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:45am
  28. ps: it's not respectful to suggest to people that they should be happy with less.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:47am
  29. who was suggesting that ...too defensive is my point .no one is telling anyone not to be happy I am just saying why lable relationships and people .also judging someone you don't know or you don't know how they feel

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:14am
  30. You are saying "why label relationships" and then you are saying to label one relationship marriage and gay relationships civil unions. Seriously? Get it together!

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:31am
  31. You can define marriage however you want. However, it's important to understand that it's not just about the piece of paper. There are certain legal rights that married couples have that civil unions do not offer. There's really no reason to not call it marriage, when it comes to the law. One religion does not and cannot capitalize on the idea of marriage, it's a concept that has been apart of our history long before Christ or many other religious deities. In fact it wasn't until roughly the late 1800's that people saw marrying for love an acceptable reason to be married at all. The fact that your wife is not your property, and that you don't trade or pay a dowry, means we're already redefined marriage. This small change, wouldn't hurt anyone and would make things more cut and dry. Marriage is completely a social construction and is only as sacred or as meaningful as you make it. Sacredness is something you carry with you in your heart, and the law has no barring on it. You can believe my marriage isn't legitimate in your chosen deity or whatever you like, but please respect that it means something to someone else as well.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:54am
  32. hey Cheryl… your parents have seriously misguided you

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:28am
  33. no Cheryl marriage is both heterosexual and homosexual there is no difference between the two and the sooner more people can see that the better

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:30am
  34. the more you push the more they will resist and pull away.I think if people live thrie lives privately and happy is a better idea.it isno ones business who i love or who you love .it is private and personal/

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:16am
  35. I wish more people could see that instead were not left alone we get harassed and hated by religious nuts

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:32pm
  36. His prime minister is even gay,Luxembourg is one of the most open minded country in the world.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:30am
  37. <3

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:32am
  38. I wonder how Grand Duke Henri & the rest of the royal family personally feel bout gay marriage? :)(:

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:33am
  39. ALLRIGHT LUXEMBOURG. WAY TO GO.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:40am
  40. they have a beautiful park!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:42am
  41. my daughter is engaged to a woman and my son is engaged to a man so where have i been misguided.it just seams that gay people sometimes get too defensive and start name calling is all they seam to do it is selfish for a gay or hetero to be this way in an effort to make a wrong right.in the effort to be right .there is no “right”way to be.i respect you i should be respected as a hetro and not accused or insulted for my belives as you demand that you are treated this way.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:42am
  42. you are wrong but who cares all should be happy with or without a lable on it.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:45am
  43. Right on!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:51am
  44. What a beautiful country that I had the opportunity to see over the past summer!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:52am
  45. Excuse me but same sex relationships in some U.S. states is already called civil union and marriage has nothing to do with gender but loyalty! And we all know not all straight relationships are built on loyalty. Cheryl Ahmed

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:53am
  46. I think I know that and I think that is what I said lol

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:18am
  47. I don't care who you want to sleep with I only care who I sleep with .it is private and personal between couples not to be broadcast and shouted to the world.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:19am
  48. Matthew Marc Levesque if we are all truly “born this way” then parental influence never would enter into it.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:10am
  49. Very cool!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:14am
  50. Sounds cool

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:31am
  51. Bravo!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:45am
  52. So what

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:53am
  53. why the fuck get married

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:55am
  54. good

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:26am
  55. If you only cared who you slept with,why do you even care if same sex relationships are allowed to marry? Seems like you have an issue with it

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:30am
  56. AWESOME!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:51am
  57. They have a gay head of state

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:19am
  58. Good new from Luxembourg, hope that other EU countries will follow!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:09am
  59. Luxembourg looks so cute :)

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:13am
  60. great !

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:42am
  61. good

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:44am
  62. Woot! Go other countries!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:57pm
  63. “Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away / If you can use some exotic booze / There’s a bar in far Bombay / Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away / Come fly with me, let’s float down to LUXEMBOURG!!!”… (Songwriters: CAHN, SAMMY / VAN HEUSEN, JIMMY)… ;)

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:00pm