China’s LGBT couples ‘wed’ online as gay marriage push stalls

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06/29/2020

Engaged for over three years, Guo and Zhu are fed up waiting for Chinese lawmakers to approve same-sex marriage — instead, they have turned online to gain recognition for their relationship. Despite a shake-up of China’s marriage law last month — and a groundswell of support for same-sex unions in the socially conservative country — demands to make gay marriage legal have not been met. The two men joined thousands of other couples announcing their “wedding” through an app where same-sex couples are given an unrecognised marriage certificate to share with friends, colleagues, and the public. “We can’t live in the shadows anymore,” artist Guo told AFP, using only his surname. “My partner’s family is still coming to terms with it.”

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