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Cambodian Strongman Urges Respect for Gays

12 December 2012

Cambodia’s leader Hun Sen urged his nation’s people on Tuesday not to discriminate against their gay countrymen. “There are gays and lesbians in every country, so there should be no discrimination against them just because of their destiny,” he said during a ceremony to hand out land titles. In 2007, Hun Sen announced that he was disinheriting his adopted daughter because he was disappointed that she had taken a lesbian partner. However, he now called for respect for gay people, saying, “Most of them are good people and are not doing alcohol, drugs or racing vehicles.” Cambodia’s Buddhist society is generally tolerant of homosexuality. —AP