Sunday, August 31, 2014
European prime minister to wed: 'He asked me and I said yes'
Bettel and his partner, architect Gauthier Destenay, probably will tie the knot sometime soon. "He asked me, and I said yes," the 41-year-old prime minister said with an impish grin. "I can't give you the date, because it's not official yet."
In other European gay politician news, gay Berlin Mayor Mayor Klaus Wowereit said he will resign in December, mainly over criticism of delays and massive cost overruns of that city's new airport.
Gay Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë stepped down in April, and his socialist protege, Anne Hidalgo was elected Paris' first female mayor.
Delanoë was stabbed on October 5, 2002 during the Nuit Blanche, a night of festivities in Paris, while mingling with the public. His assailant was a Muslim immigrant, Azedine Berkane, who reportedly told police that "he hated politicians, the Socialist Party, and homosexuals." Speaking to Le Monde, one of his neighbors said, "He was a bit like us. We're all homophobic here because it's not natural." Before being taken to hospital, Delanoë ordered that the festivities continue. Delanoë's wound was not life-threatening and he left the hospital after about two weeks.