Disney held its first same-sex wedding in Japan.
When we heard about another fairytale wedding making the news, we were ready to roll our eyes. We've already seen couple after couple envision their fairytale-themed wedding day by recreating cartoon characters from The Little Mermaid's Ariel and Prince Eric to the green ogres Shrek and Princess Fiona.
But we were happily surprised to hear that this doesn't fall under the category of themes gone terribly, terribly wrong. Tokyo's Disney Resort married their first-ever same-sex couple at the theme park and we couldn't be happier for them.
Koyuki Higashi and Hiroko, her partner of two years, exchanged vows in a small ceremony last week.
"My partner Hiroko and I just held a gay wedding at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Even Mickey and Minnie are here to celebrate with us!" Higashi announced in a celebratory tweet that was retweeted almost 7,000 times.
Up until 2007, the Walt Disney Company only allowed same-sex couples to use specially set venues for celebrations. They eventually revised their policy to allow couples to buy wedding packages for a full-blown Disney-themed wedding including displays, multi-tiered cakes, and even an appearance by Disney's It couple, Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Which isn't to say that this is a reflection of our culture's changing openness to the gay community. While local governments ban work discrimination based on sexuality, the country of Japan doesn't legally recognize same-sex marriages, which isn't exactly encouraging for gays to come out of the closet. And up until now, no same-sex couple has ever been married at Tokyo Disney Resort.
Despite that fact, a wedding like this just goes to show that same-sex couples like Koyuki and Hiroko are become less and less afraid of displaying their love — and that's a step in the right direction. This is the right way to do a fairytale wedding: by celebrating your love openly with friends and family, and the world!
Hopefully, this wedding means we're one step closer to all couples getting their own "happily ever after." Don't you agree that every couple deserves the wedding of their dreams?
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