Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. GLBTQ Culture

Dalai Lama says gay marriage is 'ok' and ultimately 'individual business'

See also

Same-sex marriage has a new supporter in Nobel laureate the Dalai Lama according to a report by NBC News on March 7.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader expressed his views on gay marriage in an interview on'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.



  • Randy Travis
    Randy Travis returns with 'Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am' in August
    Today's Buzz
  • Alternative medicine
    Alternative medicine: Remedies to make the bugs in your body go away for good
    7 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    10 Photos
  • Back to school
    These 10 items are sure winners on your back-to-school shopping trip
    12 Photos
  • Izabel Goulart
    Izabel Goulart walks the runway with Studio F at Colombia Moda
    19 Photos
  • Ombre' technique
    Go for the gusto: What ombre' technique are you?
    5 Photos

Related Videos: