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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Hun Sen Disowned His Lesbian Daughter

Dear Readers,

It is hypocritical of Hun Sen to tell others on the one hand not to discriminate against the gay people but on the other hand he is lambasting and lampooning his own lesbian daughter so publicly. Gay people are no different to heterosexual people. It is not a life style by choice but it is caused by hormone malfunction. Gay people love people of the same sex just as heterosexual people love people of the opposite sex. We cannot force heterosexual people to love people of the same sex and likewise we cannot force gay people to love people of the opposite sex. What Hun Sen has done in berating and disowning his daughter so publicly is uncharacteristic of a national leader. While he is discriminating against his own lesbian daughter he has no right to lecture others on this issue. No one will heed his advice. He, as a national leader, has set an example by discriminating against gay people, so his action is likely to be copycatted by others who look up to him as a role model- the people under his rule. It is sad really.

Cambodia PM Dumps Lesbian Daughter
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: October 30, 2007 - 11:00 am ET

(Phnom Penh) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Tuesday that he is severing all ties with his adopted daughter because she is a lesbian and living with another woman.

He made the remark in a speech at graduation ceremonies at a Phnom Penh university.

But Hun Sen, who is usually silent about his family life, told students they should not discriminate against gays.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to appeal to parents and society not to discriminate against them," he told the graduating class, adding that "Most [gays] are good people and are not doing alcohol, drugs or racing vehicles [like many young people]."

He did not say why he felt his suggestion should not apply to his own family.

"My adopted daughter now has a wife. I'm quite disappointed," Hun Sen said.

The Prime Minister said that he intends to go to court to have his daughter, who he did not name, formally disowned so that she could not claim any inheritance.

"We are concerned that she might one day cause us trouble ... and try to stake her claim for a share of our assets," he said.

Cambodia's LGBT community is mostly closeted although former king Norodom Sihanouk has spoken out several times on behalf of gay rights.

In 2004 he said that same-sex couples should be allowed to get married. The king made the comment after watching television news coverage of gay weddings in San Francisco.

"Since the Cambodian government chose in 1993 to be a liberal democracy, it should allow marriage between man and man ... or between woman and woman,” the king said in a signed statement in French posted on his Web site.

He also said that the transgendered should be “accepted and well-treated in our national community.”

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