Luxembourg: Lawmakers in Luxembourg, whose prime minister is openly gay, overwhelmingly approved changes in the small European nation`s legislation governing marriage that will allow people of the same sex to wed and to adopt children.
The Chamber of Deputies voted 56-4 to adopt the bill, which is said to be part of the most fundamental rewrite of Luxembourg`s laws on marriage since 1804. Its website said the new rules could take effect in early 2015, or six months after their official publication.
The Human Rights Campaign, a US-based organisation in favour of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, said yesterday`s vote makes Luxembourg the world`s 19th nation to grant "full marriage rights" to all of its citizens.
Xavier Bettel, who became Luxembourg`s prime minister in December, is openly gay.