LGBT rights in Luxembourg

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LGBT rights in Luxembourg
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Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 1794,
age of consent equalized in 1992
Gender identity/expression -
Recognition of
Partenariats légal (legal partnerships) since 2004
Adoption No joint adoption by same-sex couples
Military service Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly
Discrimination protections Sexual orientation protections (see below)

Luxembourg is generally tolerant of homosexuality. A small gay scene exists within the country. However, Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Luxembourg may face some legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Civil unions, which grant many of the benefits of marriage, are recognized.

Former laws against homosexuality

The total ban on homosexuality was lifted in 1794 with the age of consent being equalized to 16 years for both homosexual and heterosexual individuals.[1] (new Section 372 Penal Code).

Gender identity/expression

Recognition of same-sex relationships

As of January 2010 only civil unions are allowed in Luxembourg, where they are called Partenariat légal (French: legal partnership) and are based on the French PACS model. The Partnership Act which permitted these unions was enacted on 9th July 2004.[2] On 20 July 2009, the Government of Luxembourg announced its intention to legalise same-sex marriage. The Minister of Justice, François Biltgen, announced that a same-sex marriage bill would be debated in early 2010.

Adoption and family planning

As of 2010 same-sex partners cannot jointly adopt a child. Neither is it possible for same-sex partners to adopt each others' biological children. It has not been stated whether the planned same sex marriage bill will allow for this to happen.

Discrimination protections

Laws against discrimination on sexual orientation are in effect. Hate crime legislation does not refer to sexual orientation or gender identity and do not recognise sexual orientation neither gender identity as aggravating factor for hate crime. Sexual orientation is only protected from discrimination on employment, goods and service.

LGBT rights movement in Luxembourg

The umbrella organisation dealing with homosexual and bisexual issues is Rosa Lëtzebuerg (). This charity was founded on 26 June 1996 and had 220 members by 2004.[3] Its aims are to promote the civil rights of homosexuals and bisexuals and to fight against discrimination against them, to work in terms of social, cultural and legal matters for full equality of homosexuals and bisexuals, and to organise social and cultural activities that are in favour of homosexuals and bisexuals.[4]

Public opinion

A Eurobarometer survey published on December 2006 showed that 58% of Luxembourgians surveyed support same-sex marriage and 39% recognise same-sex couple's right to adopt (EU-wide average 44% and 33%).[5]


  1. ILGA - Luxemboug
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See also


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