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Wedded gay couple wants legal registration

CHINA'S first reported gay couple to marry said they earnestly hoped to register their marriage for legal protection.

They met scores of stares every day since their wedding was reported by local media, today's The Beijing News reported.

Zeng Anquan, 46, and Pan Wenjie, 27, both natives of Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, held a wedding ceremony on January 3 at a gay club in Chengdu. It was the first publicly reported gay marriage in China.

Since homosexual marriage is not legalized in China, the couple said they would register their marriage in Thailand this year. They also planned to adopt a boy.

They said they publicized their wedding because they hoped to remove public discrimination against homosexuals.

They invited about 100 close friends to the wedding and handed out celebration candies to the guests. They swore and exchanged wedding rings as at any other ceremony.

Zeng had been married to a woman for 26 years and had a daughter. He didn't face his true sexuality until 2005 when he first visited a gay club, he told the newspaper.

He said he felt sorry for his family as his gay marriage has caused a negative impact and his daughter's friends had called him to criticize.

Pan's former girlfriends were more open-minded. One of them became his bridesmaid at the wedding, he told the newspaper.


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