Prime Minister weds gay lover


Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Friday wedded his partner Gauthier Destenay, a Belgian architect in a gay marriage.

The 42-year-old centre-right politician’s wedding comes just months after the conservative Roman Catholic duchy legalised gay weddings.

Bettel wore a navy blue suit as he said his ‘I dos’, while his partner dressed in a dark grey suit, at the ceremony held at the Luxembourg town hall.

Foreign reports have it that the happy pair held hands as they arrived at the venue, to the applause of the around 100 well-wishers.

Bettel is only the second gay leader in the world to wed their partner, and the first in the 28-nation EU.

Bettel’s deputy prime minister Etienne Schneider – who assumed office in December 2013 – is also gay.

There have only been three openly gay world leaders to date, all of them in Europe.

The first was Johanna Sigurdardottir, who came to power in Iceland in February 2009, following the country’s economy collapse.

Her government passed same-sex marriage legislation in 2010, which allowed the now 72-year-old to marry her longtime partner, writer Jonina Leosdottir.

She ended her office in May 2013.

Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo became leader of Belgium in late 2011. He has been open about his sexuality since the 1990s, but remained single throughout his term in office.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Belgium in 2003.

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