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 opened city hall to mark the occasion and officiated the ceremony of Olinger and Huber.

Opposition to the law included a failed last-ditch attempt to force a referendum on the issue.

The group behind the petition, Schutz fir d’Kand (Protector of the Child), said it was opposed to marriage equality because it would “weaken family ties, to the detriment of all.”

Luxembourg’s openly gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel, the leader of the Democratic Party, has previously expressed his support for marriage equality.

by On Top Magazine Staff
Source – On Top Magazine