Love conquers all for Chinese couple
An elderly gay couple, who have gathered 12,000 fans on China's most popular microblogging site Weibo, held a "wedding ceremony" in Beijing yesterday.
Although China does not recognise same-sex marriage, the couple (who call each other "big treasure" and "little treasure") invited 25 of the friends they had made online to attend a symbolic ceremony.
One of the men wore a wedding dress and the couple shared traditional shots of Chinese spirit bajiu, Daqi.com reports.
However, the couple had to cut the broadcast of the ceremony short when "big treasure's" son interrupted the proceedings.
Global Times reports that they told the executive director of Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) China: "We feel so upset and disgraced because the ceremony was interrupted by the son. He even beat the guests away. We are too upset to accept any interviews."
A user on the China Daily forum reported that the couple had said: "The wedding went well until my bastard son disrupted, he kicked over tables, chased away all the guests and humiliated us. A lot of friends online from Weibo and QQ who support us felt sad about it, all the broadcasting had to stop."
"It's disappointing that outsiders can bless us but not our own son. The heartless child is sabotaging our happiness," they wrote on their blog.
The pair caught the public's eye after they uploaded a video of themselves on Weibo, in which they performed a karaoke duet.
The couple say they met in Beijing when the younger of the two delivered water to the house of the elder, a retired teacher.
"I got him an army coat for when it's cold and he sent me several bottles of water for free. I'm rich and he's a migrant worker. But I love him and he loves me," said the elder on his blog.
"There are different kinds of love in the world. You shouldn't oppose us. Don't stick to the old rules."
They decided to come out after being inspired by the Big Love pro-LGBT campaign in Hong Kong.
- Daily Life