Luxembourg’s gay premier praises Mexico LGBT+ progress, sees more work ahead

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04/09/2019

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel addressed the Mexican Senate on Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to advance LGBT rights in the country of some 120 million people. On the third day of his first official visit to Mexico, Bettel, one of the only openly gay heads of state in the world, also spoke about the importance of women’s rights. “I know that Mexico – and I don’t say this just to please you Mr. President – is more advanced than other countries on all these issues,” Bettel told senators. “(But) Mexico City doesn’t represent the whole country, of course. And there is still a lot of work to be done.” Gay marriage was legalized in Mexico City in 2009, and in 2015, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional. But less than half of Mexico’s 32 states currently allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, and homophobia and transphobia remain persistent.

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