Xavier Bettel and partner Destenay Gauthier
Two Gay Politicians to Lead Luxembourg's Government

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com November 18 2013 3:15 PM ET

The gay man expected to be the new prime minister of Luxembourg says he will make sure to establish legal marriage equality as one of his first acts in office.

Xavier Bettel was selected to form the next coalition government by Grand Duke Henri, the country's head of state, according to BuzzFeed. If the Socialist and Green parties can broker a coalition, he will become the next prime minister. He said he would appoint Etienne Schneider, the gay leader of Luxembourg's Socialist Workers Party, to be the vice-prime minister.

In addition to strengthening the small country's economy, Bettel said he wanted to bring marriage equality to Luxembourg within his first year in office.

Bettel said the climate has changed for LGBT politicians since he first entered the field in the late 1990s.

"I once had a [female politician] who said I was more lady than her," He told BuzzFeed. "But society is changing and what would be considered as not normal is fully normal nowadays. You can live your life as yourself and be considered as you are — not because you look like a politician who is married and with children."