Dalai Lama Says He Supports Gay Marriage

The Dalai Lama speaks during a meeting with Speaker of the House John Boehner at the Capitol on March 6, 2014 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Dalai Lama has joined the growing chorus of people who support gay marriage, the exiled Tibetan religious leader said during his latest visit to the United States.

"If two people - a couple - really feel that way is more practical, more sort of satisfaction, both sides fully agree, then OK," he said during an online interview with talk show host Larry King, though he added that each country had the right to choose for themselves whether to legalize gay unions.

This seems to be a change for the celibate Dalai Lama, who previously has made remarks more critical of homosexuality, including denouncing anal and oral sex.

An ABC News-Washington Post poll released last week found that a record 59 percent of Americans support gay marriage.