King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia, an 81-year-old father of 14, yesterday surprised his subjects by denying that he was homosexual. His comments came as he underlined his support for same-sex marriage, having seen television coverage of such weddings in California.
In a statement on his website, the king said: “I am not gay, but I respect the rights of gays and lesbians. It’s not their fault if God makes them born like that.”
He said the statement, posted yesterday, was made in response to an “insulting” email he received from someone called Tom Adams, which presumably accused the monarch of being homosexual after he announced his approval of same-sex unions.
His statement continued: “Gays and lesbians would not exist if God did not create them. As a Buddhist I must have compassion for human beings who are not like me but who torture nobody, kill nobody.”