Two ladies in Russia have managed to get married, but now that they’ve gone public they’re facing a huge backlash.
Here’s how they did it: technically, on paper, one of the women is a man. She’s trans and has been transitioning for a while, but her documents still say “man” so she was able to get a license. Clever girl! Our congratulations to the happy couple, Irina Shumilova and Alyona Fursova.
And they didn’t even have to pull a fast one by having one of them dress up as a man. They both wore white wedding dresses to the registry office and didn’t try to mislead anyone. They were surrounded by family and friends. Nobody at the office seems to have given them a hassle.
But they’re not out of the woods just yet. Once word of their wedding got around, anti-gay lawmakers started foaming at the mouth. One bigot says he’s going to try to have their wedding annulled.
Vitaly Milonov was particularly incensed. He’s the trollish lawmaker responsible for Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law, and he called the women’s wedding “an ugly insult to millions of Russian families in the future.”
You might remember Milonov’s previous nonsense: he threatened to have Madonna arrested for speaking out in support of Russian LGBTs, and also wants to take away the children of LGBT parents. He said that gay athletes at the Sochi Olympics could be arrested. He said that Tim Cook shouldn’t be allowed in the country because he’s gay.
So, he’s probably just jealous he wasn’t invited to the wedding.
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Ah – in my first comment, I typed “congratulations” in cyrillic but the site doesn’t recognize the characters. Congrats, ladies!
Looks like this might be one of those fake publicity stunts which Russians are famous for. Remember that fake lesbian band from Russia called TATU? One of the members recently condemned male homosexuality but thought lesbians were OK.
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Indeed, the site doesn’t recognize Cyrillic. All I wanted to say is “[email protected] Putin”. This article is a pathetic attempt to downplay the plight of gays, lesbians, and transsexuals of Russia. “Nobody at the office seems to have given them a hassle.” Seriously? It might possible in affluent areas of central Moscow, but anywhere else they would have been kicked out a long time ago, and would probably be assaulted too with the help of police. Whoever wrote this garbage should be ashamed of him-/herself. No
these are two courageous ladies! 🙂
Congratulations indeed and Tee Hee Putin.
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