31 Mayo 2017 15:53
A slap in the face to the LGBT community... but the backlash was swift
At first glance, this post from the White House's Facebook Page on 27 May seems fine. The photograph shows Belgium's Queen Mathilde together with various spouses of NATO leaders.
'First Lady Melania Trump poses with Belgium’s Queen Mathilde, center, and other spouses of NATO leaders: First Lady Emine Erdoğan of Turkey; Iceland’s Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir; the First Lady of France Brigitte Trogneux; First Lady Melania Trump; Slovenia’s Mojca Stropnik; Bulgaria’s Desislava Radeva; Luxembourg's Gauthier Destenay; Belgium’s Amélie Derbaudrenghien, and Norway’s Ingrid Schulerud, during their visit Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Royal Palace in Brussels.'
But this is not the original post. It is an edited version. When the post first appeared it left out one of the spouses in the photo: the husband of the president of Luxembourg, Xavier Battel, currently the only openly gay world leader.
And it looks suspiciously like the only reason they felt obliged to rectify the post was the barrage of angry comments that instantly inundated the White House Facebook Page.
Desteney and Bettel had been in a civil union since 2010. They were married on 15 May, 2015.