WATCH: Young Zulu Couple Has First Traditional African Gay Wedding

The small South African town of KwaDukuza had its ‘First Traditional African Gay Wedding’ over the weekend when a young Zulu couple tied the knot.

According to IOL News, Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithole, both 27, walked down the aisle in front of 200 guests at the Stanger Siva Sungam community hall.

Thoba, an IT specialist, and Tshepo, an audit manager, have dated on and off for years. They will adopt each other’s names in the hybrid Sithole-Modisane, as will their future kids; the couple is reportedly planning to have children through a surrogate.

“Family is important to us and that is the number one reason why we want to have children,” said Thoba. “We also want our children to grow up in an environment where they are loved greatly by both parents who appreciate them.”

Tshepo and Thoba enjoyed the support of family and friends in South Africa, where gay marriage is legal. However, a series of gay murders have plagued the nation recently and, as San Diego Gay and Lesbian News points out, Zulu traditional chiefs attempted to remove sexual orientation as a protected class from the South African constitution.

Thsepo wanted to be so open about his and Thoba’s nuptials in hopes of inspiring “people out there who are still struggling to come to terms with their sexuality”.

“We see no reason to hide in darkness as if there is something to be ashamed about,” he said. “Our marriage is largely symbolic and a sign that black gay men can commit and build a family through a happy and loving marriage.”

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  • yaoming

    Totally rad.

  • 1986

    Commenting from SA. Love this!

  • Jazpyy

    Hope there isn’t going to be another video of them being burnt to death by a lynch mob by the end of the week.

  • viveutvivas

    Your authority on things South African is San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. Seriously?

  • Bob LaBlah

    @Jazpyy: You never know. Last I heard Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe called and demanded to know why he was invited and said that he wasn’t sending a gift just before slamming down the phone.

  • fenrisulfr

    Wow. I can’t imagine how much courage this took especially in the context of Suth Africa. Inspirational. Also, really cute!

  • frubino

    oohh they so cute married and I’m so happy too.

  • ait10101

    From South Africa: this is great! It was a religious ceremony as well. Looks like they have lots of support from their community. The comments have been generally positive, but not suprisingly some have not been.

  • seaki

    Dang IT!!!!!! I am such a cornball, why do I have tears in my eyes? Must be the pollen in the air. Congrats gentlemen.

  • dbmyers

    This gives me hope and happiness. Universal world-wide human rights is coming!!!

  • Sohobod

    I totally agree with you, but fear the same.

  • B Damion

    LMAO….ooo y’all I fell out when they started dancing lol…only black folks child. Only black folks..lol!

    I loved it. Every minute!!!. If I get married one day I hope to get this much support.
    Good for them.

    Chiiiiiiiillld I live!

  • yaoming

    “Being gay is as African as being black.”
    -Cameron Modisane (Groom)
    That guy is amazing.

  • LadyL

    So marvelous–they’re beautiful. My very best wishes go out to them and to the friends and family who love and support them. Some here have expressed worry for their safety–I’m saying a prayer and keeping a good thought.

  • Will L

    This is wonderful.

  • catsura

    What a cute couple!

  • zapple68

    This is so great! Good luck to the 2 newlyweds.

  • northwest

    That was beautiful, I hope they have a long and happy life together.


    From South Africa, Yahooo, how sweet hope for the best for you guys AdamHomo.

  • darkorient

    Awesome. Just awesome.

  • Howard

    That’s Hot.
    I am so happy for them.
    Way To Go!
    Many Happy Years Together!

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