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The News Minute| November 7, 2014| 12.30 pm IST

Edgars Rinkevics, Latvia’s Foreign Minister tweeted on Thursday that he is gay. And no, his account wasn’t hacked.

Latvin media confirmed that the Minister’s account wasn’t hacked. Rinkevics tweeted :

Latvia is one of the few countries in the European Union with a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Reports say that the country even advanced a bill which banned sex education curriculum from teaching that same sex stories are equal to regular ones.

Washington Post says the minister's stand has given gay rights advocates a prominent voice in post-Soviet Eastern Europe. "The region — where openly gay public figures are a rarity — has significantly lagged behind the United States and Western Europe in its acceptance of same-sex relationships," says the report.

Amidst this, Rinkevics statement is something the international community is eagerly observing.

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