March 7, 2014 4:18 AM EST

The Dalai Lama took his first public stance on gay marriage Thursday, calling it “O.K.” during an online interview with Larry King.

“If two people — a couple — really feel that way is more practical, more sort of satisfaction, both sides fully agree, then O.K.,” he said, adding that he unreservedly opposed attacks on homosexuals. “Bully, abuse — that’s totally wrong.”

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