A gay marriage law in Luxembourg
approved by lawmakers over the summer came into force on January 1.
According to the Luxemburger
Wort, Jean Paul Olinger and Henri Lorenzo Huber were the first
gay couple to exchange vows.
The men, both in their 60s, live in the
south-western city of Differdange.
Differdange Mayor Roberto Traversini
opened city hall to mark the occasion and officiated the ceremony of
Olinger and Huber.
Opposition to the law included a failed
last-ditch attempt to force a referendum on the issue.
The group behind the petition, Schutz
fir d'Kand (Protector of the Child), said
it was opposed to marriage equality because it would “weaken
family ties, to the detriment of all.”
Luxembourg's openly gay prime minister,
Xavier Bettel, the leader of the Democratic Party, has previously
expressed his support for marriage equality.