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Prime Minister of Luxembourg Sets Example For The World by Marrying his Architect Boyfriend



Prime Minister of Luxembourg married his civil partner on Friday - 15th May ‘2015. He becomes the first serving leader in the European Union to wed someone of the same sex.

42 year old Xavier Bettel and Belgian architect Gauthier Destenay are also among the first men to marry under the new law, which came into force in the Grand Duchy in January’2015 and made it the latest on nearly a dozen EU states to allow gay marriage.



Prime Minister  of  Luxembourg Xavier Bettel waves as he poses with his partner, Belgian Gauthier Destenay (L), after their wedding ceremony at Luxembourg's city hall,15th May, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Greeted by scores of well-wishers outside city hall after the private ceremony, the couple, in dark suits and ties, waved to the crowd. Bettel, a liberal whose election 18 months ago ended decades of conservative rule in the traditionally Catholic country, hugged Destenay and said: "Luxembourg can set an example."

Fellow youthful EU Prime Ministers 39 year old Charles Michel of neighbouring Belgium, and 35 years old Estonia's Taavi Roivas, attended the civil ceremony conducted by Bettel's political ally and successor as mayor of the city of Luxembourg.


Prime Minister  of  Luxembourg Xavier Bettel waves as he poses with his partner, Belgian Gauthier Destenay (L), after their wedding ceremony at Luxembourg's city hall,15th May, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

"I came to the wedding of a friend. It's a great moment for him and I had to be present," Michel told Belgium's RTBF radio.

Bettel, a lawyer by training, publicly came out as gay in a radio show seven years ago. Destenay, already his boyfriend at the time, had still not come out.


Prime Minister  of  Luxembourg Xavier Bettel waves as he poses with his partner, Belgian Gauthier Destenay (L), after their wedding ceremony at Luxembourg's city hall,15th May, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
"I didn't get up one morning and said, hey, I'm gay," Bettel told a television interviewer in 2013. "When I hear people say that we are sick, it's not a choice."

He became Prime Minister in December 2013, ending 19 years in power for Jean-Claude Juncker, who now heads the European Commission in Brussels. Five years ago, Johanna Sigurdardottir, the then Prime Minister of Iceland, became the first serving government leader in the world to marry a same-sex partner.

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