Dalai Lama to Larry King: Same sex marriage OK

The Dalai Lama has no problem with same sex marriage, saying such matters are more the business of government and consenting adults, according to this video clip released ahead of today’s airing of Larry King’s latest interview with him. Where he draws the line is harassment: “Bully, abuse – that’s totally wrong. That’s a violation of human rights.” Even so, when this was posted at the Huffington Post, a number of commenters expressed exasperation that he was even asked, insisting they didn’t need any religious leader’s sanction to live their lives as they saw fit, and didn’t want their opinions. What do you think?

The full interview will air today on Larry King Now, 5pm EST, at ora.tv and hulu.com. See also the Dalai Lama tease Larry in a humorous outtake from the interview we posted last Friday.


  1. Alex
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I think it's nice for atheist and agnostic LGBT people that they don't want the opinion or approval of any religious leaders on their lifestyle. It's great that they've found a way to live as themselves and not worry about what others think.

    But for many religious LGBT people, finding a welcoming community is very important. This has the potential to be life-changing for LGBT people in largely Buddhist countries, as well as LGBT Buddhists around the world. I'm not sure why those LGBT people who don't care about a religious leader's opinion feel the need to stomp on the happiness of those who do.

  2. William
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    It think it's great that he's supports LGBT marriage and am somewhat surprised at the negative reaction of LGBT atheists. Yeah, they don't need his permission, but the more people who have a large and noticeable public persona who speak in favor, the more the general public opinion tilts in favor.

    You don't have to like his religion, or any religion, but an allie is an allie.

  3. Richard
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I embrace both views. Some will need to hear it from the Dali Lama and some will need to hear the voice of the LGBT community expressing their self-determination. In the end, both voices are part of the conversation this planet is engaged in.

    As my mother said, "Don't say anything until you have walked a mile in their shoes"

    May all beings be released from Suffering.


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