The scene: the recent gathering of European leaders in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Union’s founding Treaty Of Rome. Conspicuous by her absence was Theresa May, Great Britain's prime minister, at home triggering the start of her country's formal withdrawal from the E.U., as the 27 heads of state signed a new 1,000-word Rome Declaration setting out the vision for a renewed European Union without Britain. Conspicuous, as well - particularly to the more conservative members of the Catholic Church - was the warm welcome extended to Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel who was accompanied by his husband, the architect Gauthier Destenay, which for some analysts was a “powerful message” on the Vatican’s position on gay rights. Bettel became the first openly gay Prime Minister of Luxembourg in 2013, and is the world’s only gay head of government since Iceland’s former Prime Minister Johanna Sigurðardóttir, a lesbian, and Belgium’s Elio Di Rupo finished their mandates in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
April 9 / Forbes