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Gay couple risk mob violence by holding public wedding in Myanmar

In a country that punishes gay sex with a life sentence in prison, several are hailing the bravery it took to hold Myanmar's first public gay wedding.

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9th March 2014 01:19

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

A gay couple have risked violence and imprisonment by getting married in a country where gay sex is illegal.

Tin Ko Ko and Myo Min Htet exchanged rings in Myanmar – also known as Burma – yesterday, in what is being described as the country’s first ‘public gay wedding’.

In an upmarket Yangon hotel, the two dressed in traditional clothes in a lavish public ceremony attended by over 200 guests. While the couple had discussed the wedding to local media, they ensured the venue was a secret in fear it could attract violent mobs.

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