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Luxembourg Begins Legal Same-sex Weddings

Luxembourg Begins Legal Same-sex Weddings


The small, wealthy European nation joins Scotland and Florida in welcoming in the new year with marriage equality.

The first same-sex couple was wed Thursday in the tiny European country of Luxembourg, reports Luxembourg Wort.

Henri Huber and Jean Paul Olinger were also the country's first same-sex couple to register as domestic partners in Luxembourg back in 2004. Now they are its first married gay couple.

Differdange Town Hall served as the venue for the couple's nuptials, while the town's mayor, Roberto Traversini officiated. Olinger and Huber are both in their 60s.

The first lesbian couple to marry in Luxembourg were expected to exchange vows on Friday in the town of Walferdange, reports Dutch news network, RTL.

Meanwhile, Luxembourg's out prime minister, Xavier Bettel is expected to wed his partner Gauthier Destenay in the not-too-distant future. As Pink News noted, Luxembourg has the distinction of being the only country to have an out prime minister and an out deputy prime minister.

Watershed Moment for Equality
Just one day earlier, on Wednesday, the first couple in Scotland to marry (rather than convert an existing domestic partnership to marriage) exchanged vows. At the same time Luxembourg and Scotland have joined the world of marriage equality, so too has Florida.

In a landslide vote, Luxembourg's legislative body voted in June of last year to extend marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples by a vote in the Chamber of Deputies that was 56-4 in favor of equality.

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