Seven same-sex couples from China tied the knot in West Hollywood, California yesterday after winning an online contest sponsored by Alibaba and Blued, China’s leading gay dating app.
The couples were chosen from a pool of hundreds of applicants, who sent in short videos of their love stories in a bid to win a week-long wedding and honeymoon package.
Melanie Lee, a spokeswoman for Alibaba, previously said that the contest, called We Do!, “hopes to evoke respect and understanding of homosexuality and support the realization of dreams.”
The couples received their marriage licenses at the Beverly Hills Courthouse earlier this week and their wedding ceremonies were officiated by West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath at a city library yesterday. While their unions won’t be recognized in China, the couples can claim each other as spouses when traveling to the US.
“As I’m gay myself, I’m hoping to one day be able to marry my partner,” Geng Li, chief executive of Blued, was quoted as saying in an LA Times report. “For me personally, I’d like to help the wider LGBT community find happiness.”
Xu Na and Xue Mengyao were the only lesbian couple involved in the ceremony. Xue said she wants to use the occasion as a chance to finally come out to her parents.
‘She wanted to marry her love and to show them the joy in the photos so they would know: This is what a happy couple looks like. This is what acceptance looks like,’ according to the Times.
[Image via China Daily]