Gay marriage first for ShenzhenPosted: 08/22/2011 10:44 am
Most major PRD media picked up this story today—the wedding ceremony held in Shenzhen Saturday afternoon for Mark and An’an, two fresh university graduates in the city.
“We’re normal people,” the couple said in a statement to the press, “We just happen to have different genes which gave us a different sexual orientation. Aside from that, we’re exactly the same as any other husband and wife couple. By holding this wedding ceremony, we hope to earn people’s blessings and support.”
Southern Metropolis Daily had reporters at the wedding, and ran photos of the ceremony over the weekend:
Nice day for a cold wedding
Comments online are mostly supportive of the guys, but their Weibo account, set up this weekend, only has a few followers. We’re tempted to guess that most people their age probably find the idea of a gay wedding a bit unremarkable, but then only a few friends turned out in support.
“I do take him as my husband, and will love and respect him, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, from now until forever…”
Mark (25, left) and An’an (23) said that their ceremony gathered many impromptu spectators who happened to be at the Luohu district restaurant Saturday, but they both invited family members to the wedding, none of whom showed up. The service was conducted by a lady friend.
After the couple exchanged rings, they and their five guests—three other ladies and An’an’s best man, maybe they threw the bouquet at the gawkers—finished off the wedding with a lunch.
Mark hails from Hebei province and An’an from Shandong; after meeting in a gay bar in Qingdao in March last year, they decided to relocate to Shenzhen two months ago. With An’an on vocals, a song the couple wrote together, ‘As Long As Your Love Is True’ (只要真爱就好), is due out sometime next month.