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Seven World Leaders To Invite To Your Lavish Gay Wedding

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The Dalai Lama recently made headlines when he came out in (admittedly lackluster) support of gay marriage, saying “If two people — a couple — really feel that way is more practical, more sort of satisfaction, both sides fully agree, then OK.”

It got us thinking about other world leaders who have voiced support. Here’s how they stack up:

President Obama

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Though a bit wishy-washy on the subject in the past, Obama has now made it clear that he supports marriage equality.

“I think not only is it right and fair but also consistent with our Constitution to recognize same-sex couples,” he said in an interview with Telemundo.

“It doesn’t mean everybody has to agree from a religious standpoint about this issue. It does mean that it is very important for us to remember that we’re a nation where everybody is supposed to be equal before the law.”

Zoran Milanovic, Prime Minister of Croatia

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When Milanovic announced his plans to lay down a legal foundation to recognize same-sex marriage, he said, “It is essential to assure greater judicial security to people who are also part of our community.”

There’s some Balkan wisdom for you.

David Cameron, Prime Minister of Great Britain  

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Cameron is outspokenly for gay marriage, and has been known to try and convince his more narrow-thinking party members to change their views, telling them, “Yes, it’s about equality, but it’s also about something else: commitment. Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other.”

We wish American conservatives like Jabba the Hutt Rush Limbaugh would take a cue from across the pond.

François Hollande, President of France

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Not only did Hollande get gay marriage legalized when he took office in 2013, he’s also spoken out about international oppression of gays and lesbians.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, he said, “This is the reason for which the France will continue to conduct all these struggles: for the abolition of the death penalty, for women’s rights to equality and dignity, for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, which should not be recognized as a crime but, on the contrary, recognized as a [sexual] orientation.”

John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand 

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After Obama came out in support of marriage equality, Key followed suit, telling the press, “I think the great thing about [Obama's] announcement is it helps to highlight the issue of equality and keep it on the agenda and more and more New Zealanders are saying it’s a no-brainer, people should have these rights.”

Cristina Kirchner, President of Argentina

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As she pushed for Argentina’s gay marriage bill to pass (which it did, to the dismay of many a Catholic), Kirchner said, “I believe it would be a terrible distortion of democracy if the majorities – the actions of those majorities – denied rights to those minorities.”

By:           Dan Tracer
On:           Mar 11, 2014
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  • 6 Comments
    • balehead
      balehead

      The Dali Lama shouldn’t be here….nice try…

      Mar 11, 2014 at 8:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • genericusername
      genericusername

      One thing that really irks me is when people neglect to realise that there are 3 other countries that make the UK, it isn’t just England; perhaps if you were a bit less ignorant you’d know that the leader of the Scottish Conservatives is a lesbian, now don’t be too astonished because a Conservative in the UK is more like a Democrat

      Mar 11, 2014 at 8:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • erasure25
      erasure25

      I would totally do David Cameron!!

      Mar 11, 2014 at 10:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kae
      kae

      Where is “President Obama” from?

      P.S. Great Britain is an island; the constituent countries of Great Britain, together with Northern Ireland and a number of other islands comprise the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (it’s more complex than that but it’ll do).

      P.P.S. @erasure25: Ewww.

      Mar 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kae
      kae

      P.P.P.S The prime minister of Iceland is gay… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3hanna_Sigur%C3%B0ard%C3%B3ttir

      Mar 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sanfranca1
      sanfranca1

      @sanfranca1: When this was first posted, the headline said “lavash”, not lavish; hence my original comment.

      Mar 12, 2014 at 8:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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