Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg has tied the knot today with his boy friend Gauthier Destenay. Luxembourg is perhaps the only country in the world that has both a gay PM and a gay Deputy PM, Etienne Schneider.
Luxembourg’s parliament approved same-sex marriage in June 2014 and the first weddings took place on January 1, 2015, making it the latest in a growing number of European countries to embrace the trend.
Bettel’s wedding comes the week before staunchly Catholic Ireland holds a referendum on whether to allow same-sex marriage.
Bettel told Belgium’s RTBF public television.
“I could have hidden it or repressed it and been unhappy my whole life. I could have had relations with someone of the other sex while having homosexual relations in secret. But I told myself that if you want to be a politician, be honest in politics, you have to be honest with yourself and to accept that you are who you are.”
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, who was among the guests at Bettel’s wedding, said he had come for a “mate’s wedding”, adding that it was a “big moment” for his counterpart from the neighbouring country.