Friday, May 15, 2015

Luxembourg PM weds gay partner

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has married his gay partner, becoming the first leader in the European Union to enter into a same-sex union in a symbol of growing social change across the continent.
Bettel, 42, a centre-right politician who became premier in 2013, tied the knot on Friday with Gauthier Destenay, a Belgian architect, just months after the Roman Catholic duchy legalised gay weddings.
"Thank you to all Luxembourgers," Bettel said after the ceremony, as the crowd threw rice and confetti over the couple.
As well as being the first leader in the 28-nation EU to wed a gay partner, Bettel is only the second in the world after Iceland's prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, who married her writer partner in 2010. Iceland is not part of the EU.


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