Myanmar Takes Historic Step Forward With First LGBT Wedding


The LGBT rights movement is making progress across the globe.



March 2, 2014 was a special day in Myanmar! In this small Asian nation, where the colonial-era penal code still dictates the criminalization of same-sex relationships, the first public LGBT wedding took place. Tin Ko Ko, 38 and Myo Min Htet, 28 tied the knot in front of about 200 guests, including the grooms' families.

Unfortunately, the marriage is not legally binding in Myanmar, where gay marriage is not legal…yet. But this joyous occasion marks a new shift in a country where these two men had to live in secret together for 10 years for fear of people knowing they were gay. They even concealed the location of their Yangon wedding venue from the general public to protect themselves against attacks.

The grooms, who both work for LGBT rights groups, were thrilled that they were able to make such a commitment. While this might only be a spiritual union, it was a historic move in a country where their love is considered taboo.

You can see the adorable couple at their reception in the video below.