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Dalai Lama says he’s OK with same-sex marriage

The Dalai Lama has told veteran US talk show host Larry King that he doesn’t have a problem with same-sex couples being allowed to marry but stopped short of saying it was acceptable in Buddhism.

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8th March 2014 02:57

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

The Dalai Lama made the comments in an interview to be aired 10 March on, saying it was up to individual countries whether they legalized same-sex marriage.
‘That I think is a personal matter,’ the Dalai Lama said of the international debate over the rights of LGBTI people. ‘I think that’s an individual’s business,’ the Dalai Lama said, ‘ That, you should follow according to your own tradition.’

“Bullying – that’s totally wrong, that’s a violation of human rights.’

The Dalai Lama said Buddhism held that there were various forms of sexual misconduct but for non-believers he just hoped their relationships were safe and fully consensual. He said same-sex marriage was an ‘individual business.’

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