The tiny European nation of Luxembourg took a big step closer to marriage equality today after a parliamentary committee approved a bill granting equal marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples.
The Luxemburger Wort für Wahrheit und Recht reports that the measure is expected to pass next month:
The bill, which also includes reforms on other aspects of family law, was first introduced at the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies in May 2012, and has taken over two years to pass to a vote in parliament.
Several changes were made along the way. Most importantly, same-sex couples were granted the right to both closed and open adoption. A previous version of the bill had foreseen that same-sex couples would only be allowed open adoption, in which birth parents retain access to information about their child.
The Luxembourg State Council, however, ruled that this was discriminatory and threatened to withhold approval should closed adoption not be made available to same-sex couples also.
The bill is now ready to pass to parliament for a vote, which is expected after the Pentecost holidays and before the summer.
Pentecost is observed this year on Sunday, June 8.
Once the law passes, Luxembourg will join fellow Benelux nations Belgium and the Netherlands in the marriage equality column, along with eight other European nations (Denmark, France, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom).