China reports first gay couple

Posted on 26 Jan 2010 at 11:26am
Zeng Anquan and Pan Wenjie
Zeng Anquan and Pan Wenjie

China Daily, the English language newspaper published in Hong Kong, reports “China’s first gay couple, who openly ‘got married’ on Jan 3, want more understanding from society and hope to get an official marriage certificate, the Beijing News reported today.”

With 1¼  billion people, China probably has more than one gay couple. The report is taken from a Chinese language report in Beijing News, so they might have actually meant the first gay Chinese couple to wed. Zeng was previously married and has a daughter. He was divorced last year. Pan is a former soldier.

From other reports: The couple, Zeng Anquan and Pan Wenjie, married in a bar in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Although 200 guests attended, none of the couple’s relatives were there.

Same-sex marriage is not legal in China but reports indicate that scholars are pushing to change the marriage law which currently specifies a union between a man and a woman.

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