Xavier Bettel marries gay lover Gauthier Destenay 150516 01

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, married his handsome partner Gauthier Destenay (left. Such a catch!) on Friday, becoming the first leader in the European Union to enter into a same-sex union in a symbol of growing social change around the world.

What’s interesting is that gay marriage is a relatively new thing in Luxembourg — a tiny, mostly Catholic country often considered rather conservative. Its 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.

On the eve of his marriage to Destenay, Bettel revealed he had not wanted to hide his sexuality.

“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,” he told the media.

“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.”

In August, Bettel had announced that he would marry Destenay with whom he has been in a civil union since 2010. “He asked me and I said ‘yes,'” he told the Los Angeles Times.

Little is known about Destenay. Reports say he works for the Belgian-Luxembourger architecture firm A3.

Big congrats to the lovely couple!

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The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, married his handsome partner Gauthier Destenay (left. Such a catch!) on Friday, becoming the first leader in the European Union to enter into a same-sex union in a symbol of growing social change around the world. What’s interesting is that gay marriage is...