The Internet Is Understandably 'Obsessed' With This Headline-Making Photo Of NATO Spouses

The photo is beautiful — and encouraging.

The photo of the spouses of the world leaders in attendance at this week's NATO summit is making headlines for a great reason.

The snap features ten diplomatic significant others including First Lady Melania Trump and France's First Lady (and wife of President Emmanuel Macron) Brigitte Macron, but it's the man in the back who is garnering the most attention.

That man, Gauthier Destenay, is the husband of Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, According to People, the First Gentleman of Luxembourg, as he is called, married his now-husband in 2015 following five years of civil partnership.

The photo, seen below, has been the subject of plenty of love on social media.


One Twitter user praised Europe for its "true progressive class," while another added it that it "shows the world's progress towards equality.

Bettel is currently the world's only gay head of government, though he follows in the footsteps of Iceland's former Prime Minister Johanna Sigurðardóttir and Belgium's Elio Di Rupo, who left office in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He and Destenay celebrated their second wedding anniversary earlier this month.


Though a 2015 Gallup survey found 74 percent of Americans said they would support a gay or lesbian candidate, the citizens of Belgium are already way ahead of us. Bettel was elected Prime Minister in 2013 after coming out in 2008. 

"I don't know how in the States you think about it," Bettel told the Los Angeles Times in 2014, "but I think in Europe, what is important is people respect private choices as long as you are honest."

Speaking of his election he added, "I have just one life, and I don't want to hide my life. But I was not the 'gay candidate.' … People didn't vote for me because I'm gay or I'm straight."

Since being elected Bettel has advocated for a new EU cybersecurity strategy (now more important than ever in the wake of the massive hacking scandal) and alternate energy solutions

Bettel and Destenay, an architect, made headlines earlier this year during when Pope Francis welcomed the couple to the Vatican as part of a gathering of European heads of state who were on hand to honor the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

Cover image via Chireau /


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