Test 2

Please select your preferred language.





Remember Me

New to Fridae?

Fridae Mobile


More About Us

23 May 2016

Chinese couple hold wedding despite court ruling

After losing their challenge of China’s marriage laws last month, a same-sex Changsha couple hope that their wedding this week can be the first of many in the country

Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang exchanged vows at a Tuesday afternoon in the central Chinese city of Changsha, Hunan province.

The pair made international headlines last month when their challenge of China’s same-sex marriage policy was rejected, dealing a blow to China’s campaign for LGBT equality.

The pair sought to sue after their application for a license was rejected last summer. To their surprise, in January the case was accepted by a district court and their lawyer argued that the Sun and Hu had a right to marry and there was no explicit ban on same-sex marriage in the country.

Shi Fulong, the couple's lawyer, said of the ruling at the time he felt "disappointed and saddened,” but that “the gay rights movement has gone from being underground to being in the open thanks to an increasingly tolerant public," he said.

Sun vowed to continue fighting for LGBT equality and told CNN "We will appeal this decision and keep fighting for our rights, what we want is not just a sheet of paper or the recognition of some strangers—this is about freedom and equality."

Tuesday’s ceremony was attended by friends, family, well-wishers and the media. The two men declared their love for one another and after speeches, they were presented with an imitation wedding certificate by Hu’s father and Sun’s mother.

Sun’s mother told the crowd she encouraged other gay people to fight for their rights. “Be brave and tell your families that you are gay!” she said.

The newly-wed couple signed a rainbow flag and serenaded the audience with the ballad “Rainbow,” by Taiwanese singer Ah Mei.
Sun and Hu announced that they hoped to organize more gay weddings around the country for other couples so that people don’t see gay marriage as something unusual.

“I hope everyone in society, including government officials, will understand what homosexuality is,” Sun told Sixth Tone. He has quite his job to set up a same-sex wedding planning organisation.

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-05-23 20:35  
"they were presented with an imitation wedding certificate by Hu’s father and Sun’s mother"

So, they held a wedding ceremony but it wasn't a wedding.

Little boys and girls marry their toys in a similar fashion every day.

2. 2016-05-23 22:52  
Yes from their parents. And they are fighting for the rights of gay people in China. What do u do with ur big mouth here living in r safe zone. England. Think before u comment

3. 2016-05-23 22:57  
Yes from their parents. And they are fighting for the rights of gay people in China. What do u do with ur big mouth here living in ur safe zone. England. Think before u comment

4. 2016-05-23 23:30  
So you think they are legally married then?

Fighting? I think they are just doing as they please. Assuming they don't hurtSafe anyone else, there is no law against that.

Safe in England? We have bigots here too. Oh the names people call one another!
5. 2016-05-24 04:46  
GTiLad - Would love to see you live in China and display the courage these two men have. You'd never do it. It's always the those that have never had to fight for anything that find the most fault.
6. 2016-05-24 04:56  
God will surely bless their union, government aside. Congratulations.
7. 2016-05-24 05:23  
Americanbear, Courage? They have done nothing illegal.

And what fault have I found, other than yet more erroneous reporting?

I think you're the one on a fault finding mission. Try some place else?

I guess you've already found yourself to woefully wrong in labeling me an internet troll. Or why else are you leaving me messages?

8. 2016-05-24 12:04  
Is it a wedding?!? The most important thing is that they declare their love and that it is recognized by family and friends. Even if this is not recognized under law in China, it is more important that it is recognized by their family and friends. All the more since they are prepared to make their relationship and commitment to each other a public cause célèbre.
9. 2016-05-27 04:48  
GitLad - If you dislike the reporting, as you seem to in many of the articles I've read, why don't you offer your seemingly incredible talents to the staff of this website?
10. 2016-05-27 05:09  
no need.

I can just comment. Not being paid means I have no obligation.

I have a rather busy life in the real world bettering humanity's lot. I don't discriminate who benefits.

However, if fridae want to pay me, they can contact me for details of a non lgtb charity.
11. 2016-06-01 08:35  
Good for them!
12. 2016-06-03 22:16  
Somehow i don't thing GTILad would qualify for job with Fridae as all his views here are very negative and don't support any Gay Causes at all.
i think most readers comments here would agree with me.
and I'm very surprised that Fridae does not censor his opinions more.
Hullo Fridae can you respond to this matter please?
13. 2016-06-07 10:08  
good but

sad stoy
14. 2016-06-08 00:46  
Have to agree with you ronmac. Somehow his comment 'I have a rather busy life in the real world bettering humanity's lot.' doesn't ring true. Someone that is so negative doesn't have it in them to better anything. They just make matters worse.
15. 2016-06-08 02:29  
Maybe GTILad is not gay at all!
As its extremely rare for Gay people not to fight for there cause!

Please log in to use this feature.

Select News Edition

Featured Profiles

Now ALL members can view unlimited profiles!


View this page in a different language:

Like Us on Facebook


 ILGA Asia - Fridae partner for LGBT rights in Asia IGLHRC - Fridae Partner for LGBT rights in Asia