Georgia’s prime minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, said sexual minorities in his country “have the same rights as any other social groups,” while talking to journalists on Monday in Tbilisi.
Ivanishvili said that though there are certain groups in his country that do not accept sexual minorities, society will “gradually get used to it.”
He would not answer questions regarding same-sex marriages, saying “there is no need to discuss the issue right now,” according to Radio Free Europe.
An LGBT rights demonstration is scheduled for May 17, with an anti-gay protest planned just 50 meters away. Ivanishvili said all participants will be protected from attacks.
Ivanishvili is also a citizen of France, and acknowledged that same-sex marriage had caused social and political tensions there.