Li Maizi, member of the high profile “Feminist Five” who were detained by Beijing in March on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” recently married her partner Teresa Xu in a push for same-sex marriage.
According to Sina, the wedding took place on Thursday in an informal and of course unrecognised ceremony at a restaurant in Beijing. Emboldened by the recent legalisation of gay marriage in the U.S., Li said that the pair wanted “to take some action to advocate for same-sex marriage.”
“I feel like this is the right time,” Li told CNN before the wedding banquet. “We’ve been together for so long.”
During her 37 days in detention during March and April, Li’s requests to see her partner were denied as same-sex unions are not recognised by Chinese law. “I hope by doing this, we’re married no matter whether it’s legal or not,” said Li. “We’re married women now!”
Li said that her parents refused to show up for the wedding, which was attended by two dozen of her friends, as they were ashamed of her. The newlyweds will, however, spend their honeymoon with Xu’s family who are more supportive of their activism.
Homosexuality, which until 2001 was classed as a mental illness in China, still remains somewhat of a taboo subject. Recently the state-owned Global Times weighed in on the recent ruling by the U.S Supreme Court, warning that hyping up gay marriage could “induce potential homosexuals.”
By Dominic Jackson
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