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5 Mar 2013

Japanese lesbian couple marry at Tokyo Disney

A lesbian couple, who held the first same-sex wedding at Tokyo Disney Resort, has made headlines around the world after they tweeted photographs of their celebrations last Friday.

The New York Times reported that Koyuki Higashi and her partner of one and a half years, Hiroko tied the knot in front of 30 well-wishers on Friday. Higashi, 28, is a stage actress turned gay rights activist after coming out less than three years ago. Although her partner did not reveal her full name as some of her family members are not fully comfortable with her sexuality, she hopes that her wedding will help create a public discussion around same-sex marriage which Japan does not recognise. Her Twitter account has since been inundated with congratulatory messages and positive comments.

When Higashi contacted the resort in May 2012 about the possibility of holding her wedding there, she was told that she would be able to marry her partner provided they were dressed "like a man and a woman". She posted their condition on her blog which soon attracted public criticism and the couple was told a week later that they could both wear wedding dresses.

Photos: Twitter

Follow Koyuki Higashi on Twitter. For the full story, visit http://japandailypress.com/tag/koyuki-higashi

Reader's Comments

1. 2013-03-05 19:39  
congratulations to the happy couple, and of course for rejecting Disney's stereotypes :)
2. 2013-03-05 19:55  
Congratulations! Kudos to both of you. Very inspiring indeed!
3. 2013-03-05 20:28  
Contratulations to those two lovely faces filled with joy! Even Minnie and Mickey were smiling.

Parts of the world are approaching a tipping point...it's just a matter of time
Thank you post#1 for commenting on the Disney stereotypes, you are bang on.
4. 2013-03-05 21:55  
5. 2013-03-05 21:55  
good for them both to do that!
6. 2013-03-05 22:05  
Very pretty, and congratzzz
7. 2013-03-05 22:51  
Great news. Many congratulations to the happy couple!
8. 2013-03-06 00:13  
Pretty! Wish both of u hold hand till end of the life.
9. 2013-03-06 03:25  
Congrats to them. Such sweet pictures. Baby steps and eventually it will become reality
10. 2013-03-06 07:36  
Super adorable!
11. 2013-03-06 08:57  
So beautiful
12. 2013-03-06 10:13  
Congratulations on the wedding, so adorable !!
Wishing you all the best for the future ;)
13. 2013-03-06 10:17  
14. 2013-03-06 20:31  
My partner and I send you best wishes from Switzerland for a long life together filled with happiness!
15. 2013-03-10 10:36  
Congrats!!! Wishing you all the best :)
Comment #16 was deleted by its author on 2013-03-10 21:08
17. 2013-03-10 21:07  
omedetoo gozaimasu, congratulation .
18. 2013-03-12 22:46  
other than congratulations. I feel it weird, she doesnt want to reveal her real name but she reveal her face around.

19. 2013-03-16 02:59  
Disney should have lesbian/gay themed fairy tales by now!
20. 2013-04-06 09:46  
Congratulations ladies.. wish u a great marriage and long lasting happiness...

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