January 2, 2015 at 9:37 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Luxembourg same-sex marriage law takes effect
Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg, Democratic Party, gay news, Washington Blade

Gay Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel pledged to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in his country in 2014. (Photo by Julien Becker; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Two men in their 60s on Thursday became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Luxembourg.

The Luxemburger Wort reported that Jean Paul Olinger and Henri Lorenzo Huber exchanged vows in Differdange outside the small, landlocked European country’s capital of Luxembourg City. The newspaper said the town’s mayor, Roberto Traversini, officiated the wedding.

RTL Téle Lëtzebuerg posted pictures of Olinger and Huber’s wedding on its website.

The men married less than seven months after Luxembourgish lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill that extended marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. Gay Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who took office in late 2013, had pledged to advocate for the two issues.

Neighboring France and Belgium are among the European countries in which same-sex couples can legally marry.

Scotland’s same-sex marriage law took full effect on Wednesday.

A referendum on whether to extend marriage rights to gays and lesbians in Ireland is scheduled to take place in May.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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