Gay Marriage, Luxembourg (and Europe Update)!

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).

Same_sex_marriage_map_Europe_detailed.svg, June 2014

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)/

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7 comments for “Gay Marriage, Luxembourg (and Europe Update)!

  1. Jason
    June 18, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    What’s Britain’s stand on same-sex marriage?

    • ChrisMorley
      June 19, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      It’s already happening in England and Wales; in Scotland it begins this autumn; Northern Ireland is an exception: marriage equality has been blocked repeatedly by the use of a veto by the Unionists, however Civil Partnerships are available and same sex marriages obtained elsewhere are treated as Civil Partnerships; in practical terms it will require couples to challenge the lack of marriage equality in Northern Ireland as discrimination through the courts and look to the UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights to enforce change. That is likely to take several years.

      • Jason
        June 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm

        You can’t expect everyone to support same-sex marriage, but I believe that they should at least accept civil unions, which I would think are similar.

        • ChrisMorley
          June 19, 2014 at 9:43 pm

          While that is literally true, the Belfast Telegraph reports that majority of the population in Northern Ireland do support equal marriage. Catholics even more so: “Among those surveyed, less than half of those calling themselves Protestant (45%) were in support of same-sex marriage while the majority of Catholics (66%) and those declaring no religion (74%) were in favour.”

          Northern Ireland already has civil unions which we call civil partnerships.
          “Similar” is not the same as equality.
          “Equal but Different” was the mantra used ito justify discrimination in apartheid South Africa and in the pre-Civil Rights period of the USA. That’s not at all catholic.

  2. ChrisMorley
    June 19, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    At last Italy will debate a Bill for Civil Partnerships in the Senate this September, Prime Minister Renzi announced on Tuesday. Adoption will not be included.

    Prepare for a noisy fit of catholic Italian screaming abdabs; La Repubblica mentions the possibility of barricades.

    Via Google Translate, rather polished:
    “Ivan Scalfarotto, Secretary to the Prime Minister does not hide his satisfaction. “In a perfect world I would rather Italy had gay marriage, but I prefer to have civil unions now as a first step. But I believe that together with civil unions we should discuss homophobia, and allowing the marriages of gay couples celebrated abroad to be recognised in Italy as civil unions.

    “It is doubtful that the process of achieving “civil partnership” will be easy. The Catholic side of the government’s majority has announced battle.”

    La Repubblica (in Italian)

    • June 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks for these links, Chris, and for your responses to Jason’s questions – and apologies for the delay in replying. (I’m not sure why I missed your posts, earlier)

      • Jason
        June 27, 2014 at 5:09 pm

        Never mind that. At least you’re here. I’ve been reading the Bible since I was a boy. And contrary to what I’ve heard from religious idiots, I saw nothing in the Bible, Old Testament or New Testament, that talked about homosexuality, or even the so-called “homosexual behaviour”. My guess is that either God saw nothing wrong with two people of the same sex in love and in a relationship, or he had other things to worry about besides concerning himself with what two men, or two women do with themselves.

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