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11 Jun 2015

Seven same-sex Chinese couples wed in Hollywood

Six gay couples and one lesbian couple were married in West Hollywood, Los Angeles in a ceremony sponsored by Alibaba.

West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath conducted the seven wedding ceremonies at a city library for six gay and one lesbian couple.

More than 2,000 couples applied to the "We Do" contest hosted by Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba. To win the contest, couples had to submit a video sharing their love stories to Taobao, an online marketplace owned by Alibaba. The contest was also sponsored by Blued, a social media app popular with gays in China.

Charlie Gu, of China Luxury Advisors, organised the wedding in West Hollywood. Mr Gu's job is to help luxury brands market to the growing number of Chinese travellers and consumers. "For a company like Alibaba there is also a strong business interest in this," Mr Gu said of the mass wedding, according to BBC news.

“We’ve been together for almost eight years, so we want to give each other a promise or a commitment for life,” Hu Zhidong, one of the grooms, told Malaysia today.

While the couples’ marriages are recognized in California, which legalized gay marriage in 2013, their unions will not be legal in China. China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997, but does still not allow gay marriage or offer equality legislation.

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1. 2015-06-12 01:11  
Really happy for them! When I saw on the pics a man of these couples crying, I can totally understand how hard this road he has walked all the time, in this country. Very touching.
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2. 2015-06-13 00:50  
Do you remember when we got married on our special day?

Yeah it was sponsored by alibaba.

Something wrong don't you think?
3. 2015-06-14 10:16  
one must remember people in china are the strangest of all the Asian countries regards gay acceptance!
4. 2015-06-17 00:11  
That is a very good sign, though communist ideology still prevails in China today. Look at Russia and mad man Putin....they could never think of this even, let alone gay marriage in Russian society. I salute Chinese communist regime at least for this episode...Thanks Xi...and his pals in the State in China. Putin should learn from his counterpart like Xi..really. Thanks to West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath, who hosted them in friendly gesture.
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