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Lesbian couple weds in Japan's Disneyland

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 - 01:17

March 6 - Two women have become the first couple to hold a same-sex wedding ceremony in Tokyo's Disneyland. Tara Cleary reports.

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Koyuki Higashi and her partner Hiroko - married at Tokyo's Disneyland … and celebrating at a private ceremony. SOUNDBITE: Bride, Koyuki Higashi, saying (Japanese): "It was marvelous." SOUNDBITE: Bride, Hiroko, saying (Japanese): "It was great fun." SOUNDBITE: Bride, Koyuki Higashi, saying (Japanese): "We even got on to a gondola and had so many passers-by around us shouting congratulations. We are so incredibly happy." Hiroko withheld her last name because being openly gay in Japan is condemned. And the country doesn't recognize same-sex unions. SOUNDBITE: Bride, Koyuki Higashi, saying (Japanese): "Though we live together there are still many things that work against us in our daily lives so I do hope Japan will change for the better on this." Emmy Suzuki Harris from Change.Org says opposition to same-sex unions is deeply rooted in Japanese culture. SOUNDBITE: Emmy Suzuki Harris, Japan Campaign Director, Change.org, saying (English): "It's like, if the nail sticks out, the hammer comes down. I think LGBT people here face that on a whole different level. And when it comes to sexuality there is just a lot of taboos around it. That being said, things are changing a lot." Change that Hiroko and Higashi are sure to embrace.

Lesbian couple weds in Japan's Disneyland

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 - 01:17

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