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First Same-Sex Wedding Takes Place In Myanmar And It’s Cute As Heck

200 guests and several members of the press turned out to witness 38-year-old Tin Ko Ko and 28-year-old Myo Min Htet exchange nuptials at Excel Tower in Yango on March 2. It was the first-ever public same-sex commitment ceremony in the conservative Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar.

Clad in matching traditional Myanmar clothing and Burmese turbans, and festooned with jasmine, the two men, who have been together for 10 years and who both work for gay rights organizations, walked down the aisle along with six groomsmen.

The wedding was a gutsy move on the grooms’ parts. Homosexuality is still considered taboo in Myanmar. Same-sex relationships are illegal under section 377 of the nation’s colonial-era penal code, which bans “unnatural sex acts,” although the law is not strictly enforced.

In interviews with Myanmar media, the couple said they initially feared protesters might try to crash the ceremony, but their desire to publicly declare their love for one another and set a positive example for other same-sex couples in their country outweighed those concerns.

“We both tried hard to make this a reality,” Myo Min Htet told guests at the reception. “I am almost speechless, I am so happy.”

Wedding guests erupted into applause when the grooms kissed after cutting into a red heart-shaped cake.

Up next on the couple’s agenda: Adopting children together.

Scroll down to see pictures from the happy day.

By:           Graham Gremore
On:           Mar 7, 2014
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  • 7 Comments
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      “The wedding was a gusty move….” I think you meant GUTSY move, since it didn’t look that breezy outside and I’m sure the government wouldn’t mind a windy wedding at all. Watch your word usage/spelling. Other than that, I couldn’t be happier for the two love birds. May they prosper and have many blessings in their futures!

      Mar 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion
      hephaestion

      Beautiful wedding!! Bravo to these wonderful men!

      Mar 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      Such a cute and happy couple. Good for them.

      Mar 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      Adorable! And may their public display bring some hope and light to struggling queer kids in their country, that they too may someday have a gusty wedding. :)

      Mar 7, 2014 at 10:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • oilburner
      oilburner

      That is such a sweet story . Those two fellas look absolutely adorable and happy in their wedding photos. As goofy as it sounds it. Made me very happy to read it.

      Mar 8, 2014 at 5:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebizzar
      Sebizzar

      I needed a happy story :’) And damn they are cute!

      Mar 10, 2014 at 3:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JennyFromdabloc
      JennyFromdabloc

      Congrats to the newlyweds! I love when couples incorporate traditional attire in weddings.

      Mar 10, 2014 at 9:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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