|August 15, 2012||Editor: Hou Jianjun|
As in many other countries and places, gay marriage is still illegal in
A homosexual couple Xin Di and Xiao Han in wedding dresses on the wedding ceremony held at Qianmen Street in China's capital city Beijing [qzwb.com]
One of these activities took place in
Xin Di, 27, and Xiao Han, 24, both from southwest
Xiao Xian, one of the organizers of the activity, stood beside the two women and asked the astonished people passing by, "Would you attend a same-sex wedding ceremony if you were invited?". A middle-aged woman answered, flushed with embarrassment, "Yes, I will. Congratulations." Then she walked away quickly.
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Although the activity was held to champion the legalization of gay marriage, the two couples who participated in the staged wedding ceremony that day were not actually real-life couples. The two men, Zhang Yi and Hai Bei, were not very well-acquainted, but each were in a same-sex relationship with other people.
One man asked Zhang Yi and Hai Bei, "Will your parents agree with your marriage?". Zhang Yi answered, "I can persuade them."
Being uneasy, the man was about to leave with his companion, a woman. Suddenly, the woman turned her head and said to the couple seriously, "I am firmly against you. You are a violation of normal human development."
In the face of this harshness, Zhang Yi and Hai Bei only smiled. They understood that the woman's reaction was far from unusual. The photographer who had been snapping photos of them asked them to pose as if one were proposing to the other. Hai Bei got down on one knee and presented a rose to Zhang Yi, who hugged and kissed him, raising a great reaction from the watching crowd. One woman fled the scene, saying repeatedly, "I can't stand it anymore."