Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Encourages Mexico to Advance Gay Rights

xavier Bettel. photo credit: Claude piscitelli, via Flickr

Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s gay prime minister, praised Mexico City for its human rights progress, but called on the rest of Mexico to advance women’s and LGBT rights.

Bettel, one of the only openly gay world leaders, addressed the Mexican Senate, and rights groups are saying they’ve never heard such a pro-LGBT speech there, calling it historic, according to Reuters. But Bettel called on the rest of Mexico to catch up to its capital.

“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, according to Reuters. “[But] Mexico City doesn’t represent the whole country, of course. And there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Less than half of Mexico’s 32 states have legalized gay marriage, Reuters reported.