Xavier Bettel, who is expected to become Luxembourg's prime minister, says the nation will legalize gay marriage in 2014.

Bettel, the leader of the Democratic Party and the current mayor of Luxembourg City, on October 25 was designated as the nation's “formateur” and as such will lead the formation of a coalition government.

Bettel will not become the first openly gay person to head a nation when he takes over the reigns in a few weeks. Iceland's former leader Johanna Siguroardottir served a 4-year term ending in May. Under her watch, Iceland extended marriage rights to gay couples. Neither will Bettel be the first gay male prime minister. Belgium's Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo is also openly gay.

In speaking with BuzzFeed.com, Bettel explained that he sought permission from his partner Destenay Gauthier before pursuing the position.

“My partner is a bit scared,” Bettel said. “I try to be at home most nights as we're a team. But the obligations [of prime minister] mean I will have to go abroad a lot. I asked him the day after the election whether it was OK to form a government and he supported me. If he had said no, I would have to think whether I could accept it or not – I didn't want to break up a relationship! We're a team for good times and bad.”

On marriage equality, Bettel said: “Gay weddings will be done forthly [sic]. At the moment in Luxembourg, we have to go through the situation of weddings, religion and divorce laws. But I don't think it'll be in the next five years – it'll be next year.”