The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader expressed his views on gay marriage in an interview on Ora.tv's Larry King Now show. He pointed out in the interview that marriage should be the personal and "individual business" of two people who are committed to each other.
"If two people...really feel that way...and both sides fully agree, then okay."
The interview followed a Senate session in Washington D.C. in which the Dalai Lama offered the customary opening prayer.
In expressing his own views, he did not diminish the views of those against same-sex marriage. Ultimately he believes it is up to each government and did acknowledge religious beliefs.
"People who have belief or who have special traditions, then you should follow according to your own tradition. Like Buddhism, there are different kinds of sexual misconduct, so you should follow properly."
The Tibetan Monk has always stressed peace. He also condemned bullying against LGBT people, stating it as "wrong" and also "a violation of human rights."
As same-sex marriage and human rights issues continue to be in the forefront across the nation and the world, the Dalai Lama's views are reflective of both progress and the work that still needs to be done to assure everyone is treated equally and with respect.