During a routine visit to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the Dalai Lama announced the he was OK with consensual homosexual relationships, as well as same-sex marriage.
"If two people — a couple — really feel that way is more practical, more sort of satisfaction, both sides fully agree, then okay," he said during an appearance on Larry King’s radio show.
The Tibetan Buddhist monk, who is celibate, maintained that religious people should still follow the decrees of their respective beliefs. But homosexual relationships and marriage are an “individual’s business,” he said. “That I think [is] a personal matter.”
As for the legal question of same-sex marriage, the Dalai Lama said “that’s up to the country’s law.” While that in and of itself might not be the most ringing endorsement of marriage equality, the Dalai Lama was much more emphatically vocal about anti-gay discrimination and bullying. “That is wrong. That’s a violation of human rights,” he said.
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