Disney OKs same-sex weddings

Kyodo

Two hotels at Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba Prefecture have decided to permit wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples where both partners can wear either wedding dresses or tuxedos.

The operator said Monday it made the decision following an inquiry from a same-sex couple in response to a plan announced in March to hold wedding ceremonies at the Cinderella Castle in Disneyland, and the decision was endorsed by Walt Disney Co. in the United States.

While there are no regulations prohibiting weddings for same-sex couples at the resort, it had asked such couples to “look like a man and a woman.” It has yet to host such a ceremony.

The two hotels that will allow same-sex couples to wear similar outfits are the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and MiraCosta.

Takako Otsuji, head of a nonprofit organization supporting sexual minorities, expressed hope that similar moves will spread.