The tiny European nation of Luxembourg has approved a new marriage-equality law that will allow same-sex couples to wed starting January 1, 2015. The Chamber of Deputies approved the legislation on Wednesday by an overwhelming majority of 56 to 4.
Xavier Bettel, the country’s openly gay prime minister, had said legalizing same-sex marriage would be one of his first acts in office when he was elected last fall.
Luxembourg is the ninth EU country to provide marriage equality, joining Belgium, Denmark France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Elsewhere in Europe, plans have been unveiled for a fenced-off gay village in the Netherlands. According to DutchNews, a developer has proposed an LGBT-only development in Tilburg, Holland’s sixth-largest city.
While current European human-rights statutes would forbid banning heterosexual tenants, developers could skirt the law with a residents’ association, says a real-estate agent involved in the project.
Gay Village, as the development is being called, would include detached and attached homes, priced at about $340,000.
The idea for a gated LGBT community came from a recent survey that indicated 22% of gay people in the Netherlands say they feel uncomfortable in their own neighborhood. “There is a need for a neighborhood for like-minded living, with a greater sense of social cohesion and security,” the development’s website declares.
The White House is canceling an upcoming military aviation exercise in Uganda and imposing a visa ban on officials involved in human-rights abuses and corruption as part of a response to the African country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, which makes “aggravated homosexuality” a crime punishable by life in prison.
“As President Obama has stated, the Government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship,” said NSC spokesperson Caitlin Hayden.
The Administration will also be redirecting funds “for certain additional programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute,” though Hayden insists those measures won’t diminish humanitarian efforts in the country.
LGBT advocates have criticized the Obama Administration for sending mixed messages—issuing statements attacking the law while simultaneously unveiling more military aid to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
Mexican soccer fans have been chanting homophobic slurs during the World Cup, and the insults are airing on ESPN.
In matches against Brazil and Camaroon, Mexico supporters shouted “Puto!” whenever a goalie attempted a goal kick. A network spokesperson said producers didn’t understand what fans were shouting, but promises they will work to make sure such language doesn’t air again.
“We are now and we will be vigilant to prevent a recurrence of such language being broadcast on our air,” an ESPN spokesperson told OutSports. “We have we also reached out to FIFA.”
In various Spanish-speaking cultures, “puto” can mean male prostitute or homosexual. In Mexico, it can also mean “coward” or “traitor.”
Jan Brewer hasn’t exactly been an ally to the LGBT community, but the Arizona governor says she would support legislation adding sexual orientation to the state’s non-discrimination statutes.
“I do not believe in discrimination,” Brewer, a Republican, said in an interview. “We are in the United States of America and we have great privilege that is afforded to everyone.”
Earlier this year Brewer vetoed a measure that would have allowed any business to deny services to a customer if it interfered with a “sincerely held religious belief.” Critics maintained TK would codify the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
Don’t make her the grand marshal of the Phoenix Pride parade just yet: In 2009, Brewer signed into law legislation that revoked domestic-partner benefits for state employees.