Two women donning two beautiful wedding dresses stood behind a 3-tier white cake adorned with flowers, as they were flanked by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. LGBT rights activist Koyuki Higashi posted such a wedding photo of her and her partner Hiroko via Twitter on March 1. “My partner Hiroko and I just held a gay wedding at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Even Mickey and Minnie are here to celebrate with us!” she wrote on her post.
It caused a social media stir filled with positive messages of support and congratulations, along with several pictures shared. The post alone has been retweeted more than 6,000 times. Masaki Koh, a gay adult film star in Japan, replied to her on Twitter with a big “Congratulations!” He continued, saying, “Your wonderful wedding will bring inspiration and hope to many people who still hesitate to take the first step.” However, there are still others who were concerned about the event. On the website Naver Matome, a user named Nizo Hakoda put his thoughts in writing expressing his wonder as to why the couple chose to hold the ceremony at a crowded venue such as Disney. “It’s fine for the people who accept it, but there are others who don’t.”
— 東小雪 (@koyuki_higashi) March 5, 2013
In any case, the ceremony granted them no legal standing because Japan does not recognize same sex marriage. Despite so, the positive response from friends, family and those expressed in social media has emboldened Hiroko, who is not as vocal as her partner. “This could prompt Japan to question why it so often ignores or discriminates against minorities,” Hiroko said. “Mostly we just want people to know that gay people exist for real, and we would like to throw weddings like everyone else.”
[via NY Times]
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