Gay Marriage in Luxembourg

Same-sex marriage became legal in Luxembourg on 1 January 2015. The bill for legalisation was enacted by the Chamber of Deputies on 18 June 2014. Partnerships have also been available since 2004.

On 19 March 2014, the Chamber’s Legal Affairs Committee completed its work on the marriage reform law, and sent it to the Council of State, which released its opinion on 20 May 2014. On 28 May 2014, the Legal Affairs Committee approved the bill. All political parties except ADR were in favour. On 18 June 2014, the bill was approved by the Chamber of Deputies, in a 56-4 vote. On 24 June 2014, the Council of State gave its consent to skip the second vote, a formality. It was promulgated by Grand Duke Henri on 4 July and published in the official gazetteon 17 July 2014. The law took effect the first day of the sixth month after publication (i.e. 1 January 2015).

The first same-sex marriage in Luxembourg was between Messrs Henri Lorenzo Huber and Jean-Paul Olinger, performed by the mayor Roberto Traversini at Differdange town hall on 1 January 2015. On 15 May 2015, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel married his partner Gauthier Destenay at a private ceremony at the capital’s town hall. Bettell became the first EU member state leader and just the second serving head of a government worldwide to marry a person of the same sex.

The Chamber of Deputies invalidated a petition that demands the repeal of the laws on marriage, adoption and assisted reproduction for same-sex couples. On 16 November 2015 however, a court declared the petition valid.

A 2006 Angus Reid Global Monitor poll found that 58% of Luxembourgers supported same-sex marriage.

An April 2013 Polimonitor survey commissioned by the Luxemburger Wort and RTL found support for same-sex marriage at 83% and for same-sex adoption at 55%.

The 2015 Eurobarometer found that 75% of Luxembourgers thought that same-sex marriage should be allowed throughout Europe, 20% were against.

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