Edgars Rinkevic becomes the first openly gay head of state of the European Union
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Latvia's former foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics achieved a historic feat as the first openly gay head of state in the European Union.
An Overview of the News
Following his role as Foreign Minister, Rinkevic was officially sworn in as President of Latvia.
Rinkewicz pledged to prioritise the fight for inclusion and equality during his presidency.
Rinkevics aims to use his limited powers to influence legislation and shape public opinion, with the goal of making Latvia a more inclusive and egalitarian country.
Rinkevics served as the Foreign Minister of Latvia from 2011 until his recent resignation.
In November 2014, Rinkewicz publicly came out as gay and became a prominent advocate for LGBTQ+ rights.
Status of LGBTQ+ rights in Latvia
Latvia currently bans same-sex marriage, making it illegal within the country.
Latvia's constitutional court recognized same-sex unions last year, indicating progress toward legal recognition.
It is a country on the Baltic Sea, situated between Lithuania and Estonia.
The capital of Latvia is Riga, known for its remarkable woodwork and Art Nouveau architecture.
St. Peter's Church is a popular tourist destination in Riga's mediaeval Old Town.
Capital - Riga
Prime Minister - Krisjanis Karins
Official language - Latvian
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