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World's Only Openly Gay Leader & Husband Visit the Vatican

Geert Vanden Wijngaert
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Because Luxembourg is the most queenly of all nations.

We love Luxembourg. Xavier Bettel, the country's Prime Minister and world's only openly gay leader of a nation, visited the Vatican with his husband, Gauthier Destenay. The Pope welcomed the couple last month for the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Bettel is only one of three openly gay leaders of a country in history, preceded by Luxembourg's former Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir and Belgium's Elio Di Rupo--seems like Luxembourg really is the most queenly of all nations. It's also the only country ever to have a gay Deputy PM, Etienne Schneider.

Bettel assumed office in 2013 and entered a civil partnership with Destenay in 2010. Him and Destenay were married in 2015, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Luxembourg.

The two were greeted by the Pope's personal secretary, Archbishop Ganswein, dressed in a sensible hot pink sash, as they arrived in the capital city of Catholicism:

Bettel expressed his joy at the historic moment over Twitter:

This doesn't mean the Church is all fun and games now, though--in 2015, the Vatican denied France's selection for ambassador to the city-state because he was gay.

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