Hun Sen disowns his lesbian daughter
Phnom Penh (dpa) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen gave a rare glimpse into his private life Tuesday when he admitted disowning his adopted daughter after discovering she was a lesbian.
Speaking before around 3,000 people at a graduation ceremony in
"My daughter has married a woman ... Now I just asked the court to cut her out of the family," he said. His comments were edited from later versions of the speech aired on state media.
"I was disappointed. I can educate an entire nation, but I cannot educate this adopted daughter," he added.
The official website of Hun Sen's cabinet, Cambodia New Vision, names five children in the family of Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany and says one daughter is adopted, but does not name her.
In February 2004, then-king Norodom Sihanouk gave his support to gay marriage on his website, saying a democratic
However the concept remains largely unacceptable in
Bun Rany is the president of the Cambodian Red Cross and has particularly championed the fight against HIV and Aids.