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Same-sex marriages from January 1

17.07.2014 From our online archive
Same-sex couples will be able to say “I do” in Luxembourg from January 1, 2015, following a positive vote in parliament on a reform of marriage laws in June.
The hands of Bruno Boileau and Vincent Autin are pictured as they exchange their wedding rings during their marriage, France's first official gay marriage, in the city hall in Montpellier on May 29, 2013. France is the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage, an issue that has also divided opinion in many other nations. The definitive vote in the French parliament came on April 23 when the law was passed legalising both homosexual marriages and adoptions by gay couples. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIEN

(CS/ml) Same-sex couples will be able to say “I do” in Luxembourg from January 1, 2015, following a positive vote in parliament on a reform of marriage laws in June.

The law was officially published on Thursday and will come into force on the first day of the sixth month following publication, coinciding with the start of the new year.

The June vote at the Chamber of Deputies was a landslide victory for supporters of same-sex marriage and adoption, with 56 our of 60 MPs voting in favour. Three ADR MPs and one member of the CSV voted against the marriage reform.

The law also raised the minimum age for both partners to 18, as well as abolishing an obligatory medical exam and introducing new measures to help fight forced and sham marriages.