Target: Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel
Goal: Applaud efforts to legally establish the rights of LGBT people to marry and adopt
In a recent stunning victory for LGBT rights, Luxembourg’s legislative body, the Chamber of Deputies, overwhelmingly voted to pass a new law securing the rights of homosexual couples to marry and adopt. A whopping 56 out of Luxembourg’s 60 members of parliament stood with their LGBT constituents by voting in favor of the legislation, which will take effect in 2015. This law effectively guarantees LGBT couples and individuals all the rights enjoyed by heterosexual pairs, but it goes even further by updating marriage law to remove and revise outdated provisions. The new law will do away with an ancient requirement that couples submit to a medical examination prior to marriage, as well as fix the age of consent for all citizens at 18 and beef up protections against forced marriages.
Luxembourg’s new legislation demonstrates that the government is dedicated to protecting all of its citizens from the denial of their basic rights, especially those vulnerable citizens who in many countries are still forced into marriage or excluded from the protections of marriage based on their sexual orientation. The Chamber of Deputies record notes that this is the most comprehensive overhaul of the country’s marriage law since 1804, but many officials did not have to think twice about supporting the law. The country’s first gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel, announced in 2013 that he would be introducing this legislation after winning the election. Green MP Vivane Loschetter commented to The Independent, “Gay people should have the same rights as heterosexuals. With this law, we do not throw overboard all the values of our society. All we have done is give equal rights to gay people. We formally recognize a form of relationship that has always existed.”
By signing this petition, you are thanking Prime Minister Bettel and the Chamber of Deputies for passing this new marriage law, which will protect the rights of all of Luxembourg’s citizens to choose their own life partner and to adopt children. You are thanking them for setting an example for countries around the world that still struggle with giving LGBT individuals the rights and protections they deserve.
Dear Prime Minister Xavier Bettel,
In a world where many are forced to marry those they do not love at a young age, and where many experience discrimination and the humiliation of being excluded from the prestige and privileges of marriage to the person they love as a result of their sexual orientation, it is more important than ever that strong nations take a stand against this injustice. As you know, it is more important than ever that our legislative bodies acknowledge the simple fact that the right to choose one’s own partner is an inalienable one, and that the recognition of homosexual relationships is merely the legal validation of relationships that always have existed and will continue to exist.
Thank you and the Chamber of Deputies for seeing the simple truth that this is a human rights issue. Thank you for protecting the rights of LGBT citizens to marry and adopt, and for protecting citizens from forced marriage. Thank you for standing up for those who have too long been excluded from the conversation about marriage.
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