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The New York Times: The prime minister of Luxembourg on Friday wed his partner of several years in the first same-sex marriage of a European Union leader.
Law and Religion UK: On 26 January an agreement was signed between Luxembourg’s faith groups and the Government which reorganises the relationship between church and state. The funding agreement, which is worth 8.3 million euros in 2015, will have an impact on most groups; but the greatest impact will be felt by the Roman Catholic Church.
LifeSiteNews: The tiny principality of Luxembourg has adopted abortion on demand in a vote yesterday of 39 to 21 in the Chamber of Deputies.
GGG.at [Google translation]: “The government proposal for a new marriage law in Luxembourg provides an opening of marriage for lesbians and gay men in the Grand Duchy. In the presentation, the Minister of Justice François Biltgen on 10 August has brought into Parliament, it says in the article of the Civil Code: ‘Two persons of opposite or same sex may enter into a marriage.’”
Jakarta Globe: “Today seven countries, five US states and several Latin American cities have legalized same-sex marriage. The Netherlands ushered the way in 2001, the first nation to permit same-sex couples to marry legally. This historic decision marked a turning point, with demands for equality reverberating across borders. Barriers fell as Belgium (2003), Canada and Spain (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway and Sweden (2009) each approved legislation.”
Radio Netherlands reports: Luxembourg has become the third European Union country, after the Netherlands and Belgium, to decriminalise euthanasia. Terminally ill people will be able to have their lives ended after receiving the approval of two doctors and a panel of experts.
Catholic Culture reports: “Pro-life activists in Luxembourg have launched a drive for a nationwide referendum that could forestall the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. After last week’s parliamentary approval of a bill allowing the practice . . . “
The Alliance Defense Fund is mobilizing efforts to judicially challenge a Luxembourg assisted suicide law if passed by the country’s parliament. ADF-allied attorneys are willing to offer pro bono legal assistance to physicians willing to bring suit regarding the constitutionality of the law in the wake of efforts to strip the grand duke of his ability to enact or veto legislation in that country.
LifeSiteNews.com reports: The Grand Duke of Luxembourg is set to lose his power to veto laws after he threatened to prevent the passage of a law permitting euthanasia in the tiny European country. As the head of state, Grand Duke Henri has …