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Gay marriage bill passes in Luxembourg

Gay marriage bill passes in Luxembourg

Same-sex marriage has been made legal in the tiny European country of Luxembourg.

The country’s House of Representatives approved a bill today by a vote of 56-4.

The vote comes at a time when the country has an openly gay Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel (pictured), who had previously announced that his government would introduce marriage legislation.

The vote is sure to be popular with citizens. A survey conducted last year revealed 83% of people in Luxembourg support same-sex marriage.

‘This is a happy day for Luxembourg and for those who favor equal rights for all, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity,’ said Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights program at Human Rights Watch.

‘The law will enable gays and lesbians in Luxembourg to marry the person they love and will strengthen the fundamental rights of everyone in Luxembourg to equality and non-discrimination.’ Dittrich added.

The passage was made easier this month when Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Luxembourg chose to not publicly oppose the draft legislation.

It becomes the 17th country to pass legislation providing for the right to same-sex marriage in its national laws.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, as well as in parts of Mexico, and in 19 states in the US.