Marriage equality in Luxembourg

Lluxembourgast year Luxembourg became the ninth EU country to legalise same-sex marriage – and today the law came into effect.

Jean Paul Olinger and Henri Lorenzo Huber were the first same-sex couple to take advantage of the law, with Differdange town hall opening for the ceremony despite the New Year’s Day bank holiday.

The bill passed by a landslide last summer – with 56 votes in favour and 4 against. Luxembourg has an openly gay Prime Minister, the Liberal Xavier Bettel, and also an out-gay Deputy Prime Minister, Socialist party leader Etienne Schneider.