Luxembourg, Europe

The total ban on homosexuality was lifted in 1794. In 1992 the age of consent was equalized to 16 years for both homosexual and heterosexual individuals. Laws against discrimination on sexual orientation are in effect. Civil unions are allowed in Luxembourg, where they are called Partenariat légal (French: legal partnership). Luxembourg is generally tolerant of homosexuality. A small gay scene exists within the country. A Eurobarometer survey published on December 2006 showed that 58% of Luxembourgians surveyed support same-sex marriage and 39% recognise same-sex couple's right to adopt (EU-wide average 44% and 33%). The umbrella organization dealing with homosexual and bisexual issues is Rosa Lëtzebuerg (Luxembourgish: Pink Luxembourg). This charity was founded on 26 June 1996 and had 220 members by 2004. Its aims are to promote the civil rights of homosexuals and bisexuals and to fight against discrimination against them, to work in terms of social, cultural and legal matters for full equality of homosexuals and bisexuals, and to organize social and cultural activities that are in favor of homosexuals and bisexuals.



Vatican welcomes world’s only gay leader and his husband to meet the Pope

The gay Prime Minister of Luxembourg and his husband have been welcomed to the Vatican. Xavier Bettel, who married his husband, Gauthier Destenay, in 2015, was welcomed by Catholic officials. Archbishop Ganswein, a leader of the Catholic church and personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, met Bettel and his partner as they arrived for… Read more »

Gay Couples Begin Marrying In Luxembourg

A gay marriage law in Luxembourg approved by lawmakers over the summer came into force on January 1. According to the Luxemburger Wort, Jean Paul Olinger and Henri Lorenzo Huber were the first gay couple to exchange vows. The men, both in their 60s, live in the south-western city of Differdange. Differdange Mayor Roberto Traversini… Read more »

Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister will be gay as well

Luxembourg is set to become the world’s first country with both an openly gay leader and deputy leader after Prime Minister Xavier Bettel named Socialist leader Etienne Schneider as his Deputy Prime Minister The constitutional monarchy of Luxembourg is set to become the first ever country to have both a gay leader and deputy leader.… Read more »

Luxembourg to become first country to have gay prime minister and gay deputy PM

Luxembourg is tipped to become the first country in the world to have both an openly gay prime minister and deputy prime minister. Xavier Bettel, the mayor of Luxembourg City, has officially been appointed prime minister designate by Grand Duke Henri, the country’s head of state. This means he’s in charge of forming a coalition… Read more »

Gay Luxembourg News & Reports

1 Finally, Mr. Hormel Gets the Job 6/99 2 Clinton Appoints Gay Man as Ambassador 6/99 3 Luxembourg Could Become Sixth Country to Recognise IDAHO 2/09 The New York Times June 5, 1999 1 Finally, Mr. Hormel Gets the Job President Clinton took an appropriate stand against bigotry yesterday by giving James Hormel a… Read more »