Luxembourg: Parliament to vote on same-sex marriage bill ‘before summer 2014’

Luxembourg: Parliament to vote on same-sex marriage bill ‘before summer 2014’

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Luxembourg’s same-sex marriage bill has been passed by Parliament’s legal affairs committee, clearing the way for a vote before the summer.
The bill, which also grants adoption rights to same-sex couples, was first introduced in the country in 2012, and has taken over two years to progress to a vote due to extensive changes.
A previous version of the bill had maintained that only ‘open’ adoptions – where the birth parents retain access rights – should be permitted for same-sex couples, but the Luxembourg State Council ruled the measure discriminatory.
The bill passed committee on Wednesday, and early indicators suggest it will have a swift progression through Parliament, as it attracted support from all three government parties and opposition party CSV.
Conservative party ADR spoke out against the bill, but have just 3 representatives in the Chamber.
According to Luxemburger Wort, a vote on the bill is cleared to take place at some point before the summer.
If the bill passes, Luxembourg will be the eighth EU country to recognise same-sex marriage – following the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, France and the UK.
Last year, Luxembourg became the first country in the world to have an openly gay Prime Minister and an openly gay Deputy Prime Minister at the same time.
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel previously set a target of 2014 for same-sex marriage to be introduced.
He said: “Gay weddings with be done forthly.
“At the moment in Luxembourg, we have to go through the situation of weddings, religion and divorce laws. But I don’t think it’ll be in the next five years – it’ll be next year.”

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淡藍網2014年 6月4日訊:盧森堡議會將對一項法案進行投票表決,如果被通過,該國同性伴侶將享有結婚和收養孩子的合法權利。
盧森堡是世界上第一個正副首相都是同性戀者的國家。去年12月就職的首相貝特(Xavier Bettel)曾表示,盧森堡有望在今年年內成為繼荷蘭、比利時、西班牙、瑞典、葡萄牙、丹麥、法國和英國之後,第九個將同性婚姻合法化的歐盟成員國。