June 18, 2014
Luxembourg Passes Marriage Equality Legislation
European nation will become 19th country worldwide to extend full marriage rights to all citizens.
WASHINGTON–– The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today commended the government of Luxembourg for passing legislation that will make it the 19th nation to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens.
“We commend the leaders of Luxembourg for granting the nation’s LGBT citizens the rights they deserve, and we congratulate the LGBT activists and advocates who made this historic day possible,” said Ty Cobb, HRC’s Director of Global Engagement.
Luxembourg’s national parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, approved the bill by a vote of 56 to 4. In addition to granting full marriage rights to Luxembourg’s LGBT citizens--previously only civil unions were available--this legislation will grant LGBT couples full adoption rights as well.
Currently, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, as well as England and Wales in the United Kingdom, have marriage equality laws that are in effect. In addition, Scotland’s law is set to extend full marriage rights to its LGBT citizens by the end of 2014.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.