25 Jan '11, 1am

Beijing's first gay marriage sparks storm online

BEIJING'S first gay marriage between two men was held in Beijing on Saturday amid a storm of controversy over same sex unions, the Beijing Times reported. Da Wen and Xiao Qiang (not their real names) held a 'comparatively open' wedding ceremony with about fifty friends in attendance after meeting three years ago in an internet gay community. 'We just want to live a stable life as normal couples do, no matter if the wedding is held or not,' said Xiao Qiang. 'The society is more open than before, which makes us brave enough to show the public' Da Wen added. The couple displayed marriage certificates similar to ones issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, but they are not believed to be real as gay marriage is not legally recognised in China. It is thought to be the first wedding held between two men in Beijing. Gay women previously held a ceremony in South China's Guangdong...

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