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Jim Burroway

December 11th, 2012

Because Cambodia is relatively tolerant when it comes to homosexuality, gay rights haven’t been much of a hot topic there. But Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday decided to weigh in during a meeting with local villagers in southern Cambodia to address anti-gay discrimination:

“There are gays and lesbians in every country, so there should be no discrimination against them just because of their destiny,” he said.

… However, he appealed to society to show respect for gay people, saying “Most of them are good people and are not doing alcohol, drugs or racing vehicles.”

On a more serious (and positive) note, this is a bit of a reversal for the Prime Minister. In 2007, he announced that he was disinheriting his adopted daughter because she had a lesbian partner. I guess Hun Sen is like parents everywhere: all he needed was a little time. That’s the power of coming out.