THE prime minister of Luxembourg has become one of the first national leaders in the world to marry their same-sex partner.
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel married Gauthier Destenay, a Belgian architect, at a ceremony in the capital Luxembourg City on Friday.
Earlier, the PM talked about being gay to Belgian broadcaster RBTF.
“I could have hidden it or repressed it and been unhappy my whole life,” he said.
“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 and be honest in politics, you have to be honest with yourself and accept that you are who you are.”
The ceremony was attended by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel who was reported as saying his “mate’s wedding” was a big moment.
The landlocked country in northern Europe is only slightly bigger than the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) but punches above its weight with one of the world’s highest levels of GDP as well as serving as a home for many of the key European Union (EU) institutions.
Luxembourg legalised same-sex marriage last year.
Bettel is the first EU leader to marry a same-sex partner while in office.
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir of Iceland – which is not part of the EU – was the first openly-gay head of government to marry in 2010 after becoming the world’s first openly-gay leader a year earlier.
Closer to home, Andrew Barr became the first openly-gay Australian head of a state or territory government on his appointment as Chief Minister of the ACT late last year.
The first couple of Luxembourg will not be going on honeymoon just yet, it is reported, as the Prime Minister has to attend an economic forum in Kazakhstan.