It’s been a while coming, but it’s happened. The parliament of Luxembourg has finally passed a gay marriage and adoption bill that was originally promised way back in 2009. It won’t take effect though, until January 1st 2015.
The land-locked European country’s Chamber of Deputies voted by an overwhelming majority of 56-4 for the law which will be put into force by early next year.
Green MP Viviane Loschetter told the website: “Gay people should have the same rights as heterosexuals.
“With this law, we do not throw overboard all the values of our society.
“All we have done is give equal rights to gay people. We formally recognize a form of relationship that has always existed.”
-more at The Independent
On this Wikipedia map of gay marriage, Europe, Luxembourg is the tiny round blob where Belgium, France and Germany meet. Take a good look at the map as a whole: almost the whole of Western Europe and Scandinavia will have, full marriage equality by 2015. (Finland has promised a vote some time this summer, and the Republic of Ireland Ireland will put it to a referendum in 2015. Both measures should pass easily).
In Central Europe, full marriage lags, but Germany, Switzerland, Austria Slovenia and Lichtenstein have civil unions. Only Italy still has nothing, but that could change: there’s a strong possibility of civil unions being introduced by their new, young Prime Minister, who has spoken out in favour.
(The nasty red in the East indicates countries where the constitution currently restricts marriage to different sex couples – but just as in US red states, those barriers can also be expected to fall, in time)/