LGBT rights get boost from Cambodian prime minister

Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen, went out of his way to denounce anti-LGBT discrimination during public remarks on Tuesday. This is all the more striking because the PM publicly disinherited his daughter for being a lesbian in 2007.

“There are gays and lesbians in every country, so there should be no discrimination against them just because of their destiny,” he said, according to the AP. “Most of them are good people and are not doing alcohol, drugs or racing vehicles.” [ed’s note: “racing vehicles”?]

The AP story also includes this historical tidbit:

Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, who died in October, caused a stir in 2004 when he wrote on his website that he supported the right of gay couples to marry.

Sihanouk said he was inspired to state his views after watching news reports about gay marriage in San Francisco.

The late king said that as a “liberal democracy,” Cambodia should allow “marriage between man and man … or between woman and woman.”




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