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.
The Dalai Lama made the comments in an interview to be aired 10 March on Ora.tv, 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.’
If two people … really feel that way, it’s more practical, satisfactory, and both sides fully agree, then OK.’
Watch the clip below