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Luxembourg takes next step towards marriage equality

Timothy Kincaid

August 14th, 2010

On Tuesday a bill was entered into the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies to allow for same-sex marriage on the same terms as heterosexual marriage. The bill would also allow for simple (but not full) adoption by same-sex couples and would raise the marriage age for women from 16 to 18 so as to have equality between the sexes. (Wort)

The Civil Code is amended in two material respects: First, the marriage allows same-sex couples. This is the reform of the current legislation beyond that allowed for same-sex couples only registered partnerships. All rights and obligations arising from marriage, should also arise for same-sex couples.

The bill will come for debate this fall and likely come into force next year. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is the likeliest contender for being the eleventh nation to enact same-sex marriage.

(Much thanks to Jutta Zalud for providing this update)

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