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Luxembourg’s PM set to marry same-sex partner on Friday

Nick Duffy May 10, 2015
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Luxembourg’s gay Prime Minister is reportedly set to tie the knot next week… but not to his gay Deputy Prime Minister.

The small European country – which has a population of just 550,000 – is the only one in the world that has both a gay PM, Xavier Bettel, and an openly gay Deputy PM, Etienne Schneider.

Luxembourg passed equal marriage by a landslide vote of 56-4 in June last year, and the law came into effect in January with remarkably little attention.

According to AFP, Mr Bettel will this month take advantage of his country’s new law himself – by tying the knot with partner Gauthier Destenay on Friday.

Details of the wedding are being kept strictly under wraps, but a number of other prominent European politicians are reportedly set to attend.

It is unlikely that David Cameron, who is yet to attend a same-sex wedding, will be at the ceremony, but PinkNews has contacted a spokesperson for comment.

The pair have frequently been seen together – and bizarrely Mr Cameron was recently photographed tickling his Luxembourg counterpart.

A notoriously homophobic Greek MP previously launched a tirade at Mr Bettel, branding him and his partner “faggot mates” after news of their engagement broke.

Ever the diplomat, Mr Bettel replied: “Hello, I heard you want to tell me something, but I don’t speak Greek. Sorry.”

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