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Luxembourg's Bettel first EU leader to marry same-sex partner

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 01:00

In a first for the EU, Luxembourg's openly-gay Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has married longtime civil partner, Belgian architect Gauthier Destenay. Gavino Garay reports.

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It was a momentous day for the tiny European country of Luxembourg. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel married his partner Gauthier Destenay to become the first EU leader to marry someone of the same sex. (SOUNDBITE) (French) LUXEMBOURG'S PRIME MINISTER, XAVIER BETTEL, SAYING: "I wish for everyone to be as happy as I am. Thank you to Luxembourg's people, thank you, and to everybody, I make no distinctions, thank you everyone. Thank you." Among those attending the ceremony was Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. (SOUNDBITE) (French) BELGIAN PRIME MINISTER, CHARLES MICHEL, ARRIVING AND SAYING: "The message is one of good spirits, of joy and of congratulations, and, most importantly, of happiness. This is the message I bring today." Bettel was elected 18 months ago, effectively ending decades of conservative rule in the traditionally Catholic country, and following Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir in breaking new ground for same sex marriage.

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Luxembourg's Bettel first EU leader to marry same-sex partner

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 01:00