Myanmar Holds First Public Gay Wedding

A gay couple together 10 years tied the knot Sunday in conservative Myanmar.

Tin Ko Ko and Myo Min Htet exchanged rings in a Yangon hotel in front of hundreds of friends and family. While their ceremony is a sign of growing acceptance of gay rights in the Southeast Asian nation, their wedding was merely symbolic as Myanmar does not recognize such unions and outlaws gay sex, though the law is not strictly enforced.

Tin Ko Ko, 38, told his guests during an emotional speech that his partner had a difficult coming out.

“My family accepted me. I am so glad that my parents were understanding … but he had to overcome many difficulties from his family,” he said.

“We both tried hard to make this a reality. I am almost speechless. I am so happy,” said Myo Min Htet, 28.
The men, both of whom work for rights organizations, held the event on their 10th anniversary.
According to the AFP, Myanmar held its first Gay Pride in May 2012.

by On Top Magazine Staff
Source – On Top Magazine