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Fri May 26, 2017, 12:38 PM

Why this photo of political spouses and partners is making waves



(CNN)What's the first thing you noticed about this picture of political spouses and partners, other than Melania Trump's continued mastery of the color black?

It's probably the man in the back row, standing out against the nine women pictured. That's Gauthier Destenay, the First Gentleman of Luxembourg and the husband of the world's only acting openly gay prime minister.

Destenay and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel wed in 2015, right after Luxembourg legalized gay marriage. When Bettel won the Prime Ministership in 2013, he was already in a civil partnership with Destenay and their sexualities were not a secret.

To be clear, Bettel isn't the only gay prime minister ever, just the only one in office right now. Former Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and former Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurõardóttir were both public about their sexualities.

Can you name the rest of the people in this photograph? We'll help you out:

First row: First Lady of France Brigitte Macron, First Lady of Turkey Emine Gulbaran Erdogan, First Lady of the US Melania Trump, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg's partner Ingrid Schulerud, Partner of Bulgaria's President Desislava Radeva, partner of Belgium's Prime Minister Amelie Derbaudrenghien

Second row: First Gentleman of Luxembourg Gauthier Destenay, partner of Slovenia's Prime Minister Mojca Stropnik, and First Lady of Iceland Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/26/world/luxembourg-prime-minister-husband-gauthier-destenay-trnd/index.html

I was expecting more men in this photo. There are a lot of female leaders in Europe.

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Reply Why this photo of political spouses and partners is making waves (Original post)
IronLionZion May 2017 OP
jberryhill May 2017 #1
IronLionZion May 2017 #3
jehop61 May 2017 #2
leftstreet May 2017 #4
IronLionZion May 2017 #6
underpants May 2017 #5
IronLionZion May 2017 #7
IronLionZion May 2017 #8
matt819 May 2017 #9
snooper2 May 2017 #10
dixiegrrrrl May 2017 #13
Tracer May 2017 #11
Squinch May 2017 #12

Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 12:41 PM

1. He's "only acting openly gay"?

 

Why is he doing that?

"That's Gauthier Destenay, the First Gentleman of Luxembourg and the husband of the world's only acting openly gay prime minister."

Oh, well, as the saying goes... I don't mind straight people, just as long as they act gay in public.

Did they make that a rule in Luxembourg?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Fri May 26, 2017, 12:46 PM

3. looks like a mistake

since he's not an acting PM either, he's a regular PM.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 12:41 PM

2. Guess they forgot

to tell Melania it wasn't a cocktail party

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 12:49 PM

4. Wait. Why aren't there male spouses in the photo?

er...this was just for female spouses? But the gay spouse isn't female.

I'm confused.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #4)

Fri May 26, 2017, 12:57 PM

6. That's the first thing I noticed

UK, Germany, Norway, and Poland should have male spouses.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 12:56 PM

5. "mastery of the color black" is a thing?

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Response to underpants (Reply #5)

Fri May 26, 2017, 12:58 PM

7. It's a talent apparently

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 01:01 PM

8. I wish Bill Clinton were in that photo so bad

or Jane Sanders in an ideal world

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 01:04 PM

9. This is the first photo where Melania actually looks happy. (nt)

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 01:05 PM

10. First thing I noticed was the lady on the far left looks like she is ready to kill a motherfucker

 

LOL

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #10)

Fri May 26, 2017, 07:23 PM

13. That is a very bad picture of the lady.

She is actually drop dead gorgeous, I think I have a crush on her.
AND..she is 30 years older than her husband, used to be his school teacher!
viva le France, indeed.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 01:20 PM

11. Melania is overdressed for the occasion.

All the other women are in "daytime" dresses and Melania looks like she is about to go to a nighttime soirée.

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Response to Tracer (Reply #11)

Fri May 26, 2017, 03:49 PM

12. That was my first thought. What's with the gown in the middle of the day?

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