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Hollywood Hosted Wedding Ceremony for Seven Visiting Chinese Same-Sex Couples

by our Editors in Media & entertainment , 03 augustus 2015


West Hollywood, as part of its Pride activities in June, has hosted a special group wedding for seven same-sex couples who visited from China. They were selected from more than 400 entries. The wedding ceremony and celebration took place at the West Hollywood Library.

Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath officiated the ceremony, and local and regional city, county, and federal officials joined with community members to celebrate this occasion. “West Hollywood has long been at the center of the marriage equality movement,” said Mayor Horvath.

“In addition to fighting for full equality under the law, our City officials performed special wedding ceremonies at West Hollywood Park in 2008, and at West Hollywood City Hall as soon as Proposition 8 was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. We hope that this wedding will send a strong message, especially to GLBT people across the globe, that the City of West Hollywood celebrates your right to marry and welcomes your destination wedding as a symbol of our commitment to equality for all.”

The wedding ceremony was the result of a collaborative effort including the City of West Hollywood, Visit West Hollywood, and various participating organizations. The Los Angeles GLBT Center offered the couples a tour of its facilities and hosted an evening reception following the morning events. “With more than forty percent of the residential population identifying as GLBT, the City of West Hollywood has long been one of the most popular gay travel destinations,” said Bradley Burlingame, President and CEO of Visit West Hollywood. “From a simple civil ceremony to a lavish rooftop affair, West Hollywood offers not just unique wedding venues but an overarching spirit of inclusion and a longstanding support for the GLBT community that is woven into the city’s foundation.”

While homosexuality was decriminalized in China in 1997, same-sex marriages are not recognized by the Chinese government. In February 2015, Alibaba launched its “We Do” campaign on Taobao to celebrate the love of committed same-sex couples in China. Same-sex couples from throughout China were encouraged to submit a short video to showcase their love stories. The top ten contenders were selected to win a free trip to West Hollywood to tie-the-knot and enjoy a mini honeymoon, and seven couples participated. The campaign was intended as a symbol of friendship and acceptance.

 



 







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