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|Spouse of the Prime Minister of Luxembourg|
May 15 2015
|Prime Minister||Xavier Bettel|
|Spouse(s)||Xavier Bettel (m. 2015)|
Destenay is from Belgium and has been working as an associate architect at Belgian-Luxembourger firm A3 Architecture since 2013. He graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Liège in 2003.
Bettel came out publicly as gay in 2008. He has been in a civil union with Destenay since 2010. Destenay appeared along with Bettel in many official events, including the Wedding of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. Destenay asked for Bettel's hand in marriage in August 2014. They were married on May 15, 2015 in a private ceremony officiated by Luxembourg city mayor Lydie Polfer in the presence of around 250 guests. Bettel became the first European Union head of government to marry a same sex partner. The wedding was also attended by Elio Di Rupo, the former Belgian Prime Minister who was the European Union's first openly gay head of government. The ceremony was followed by a reception for 500 guests at the Cercle-Cité.
Destenay gained attention on social media when he appeared as the only male spouse in a group portrait of world leaders' spouses and partners at the 2017 NATO summit. (At the time there were four other male spouses; none of them appeared in the photograph.) Destenay's name was omitted from the caption of a Facebook photo posted by the White House, even though all the other spouses were correctly labeled. The post was subsequently edited after it led to criticism and accusations of homophobia.