Lesbian couple get Disney ‘wedding’

AFP-JIJI

Two Japanese lesbians have become the first same-sex couple to tie the knot at Tokyo Disney Resort, both decked out in fairy-tale white dresses despite an initial ruling that one had to wear men’s clothes.

“My love Hiroko and I wore wedding dresses and had a miniparade in DisneySea, a place I love,” Koyuki Higashi, 28, said on Twitter. “I was really happy!”

The event Friday was the first same-sex wedding in the amusement park, even though gay marriage has no legal standing in Japan.

“We may not have a law that applies to us, but when someone congratulates us for the wedding, I will proudly say: ‘Thank you!’ ” said Higashi.

The couple first hit the headlines after the theme park initially told them there would be no problem with the ceremony provided they dressed “like a man and a woman.” An employee at the park said a same-sex wedding would create “repercussions” among visitors if two brides wore wedding dresses or two grooms donned tuxedos.

But just a few days later the resort operator got back in touch to say that gay couples were free to mix and match their attire.

Higashi posted photos from the celebration on her Twitter site, showing both brides clad in white and accompanied by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

  • JusenkyoGuide

    Good job TDL! And congrats to the happy couple!

  • Brian

    I guess like the issue of smoking, Japan will lag behind the rest of the developed world on this issue, while those of us who it matters to suffer the consequences. Abe made it clear he had no intention of even touching the issue of marriage equality in Japan, as we don’t need “special rights or considerations”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.f.sommers Charles F. Sommers

      We must keep in mind that the longest journey starts with a single step.

  • Michael Tork

    This is not the first Tokyo Disney lesbian wedding. In fact, it’s not
    Ms. Higashi’s first Tokyo Disney wedding, as you’ll find by scrolling
    back to a year ago on her blog. She gets married there from time to
    time. She’s a lovely lady and makes a great impression in her television
    appearances, but she’s pulling your leg here for the sake of publicity
    in her role as a lesbian activist in Japan (a good cause, but still).

    AFP
    should have interviewed both Ms. Higashi and Disney by phone at the
    minimum before publishing this. Twitter is not a news source. As a
    followup, how about Googling for other Tokyo Disney gay and lesbian
    weddings and interviewing a bunch of the newlyweds?

    • Erin

      The discussion of Tokyo Disneyland that happened a year ago was when they first approached the company to enquire about holding their wedding there. This is, indeed, their first wedding anywhere.

      In addition, both BBC World and Reuters have run this story complete with video, and if you’re suggesting BBC doesn’t check their sources I suggest you think again.

    • Matt Thorn

      Whoa, dude, you are completely wrong. I know these two very well. What you are thinking of is their initial inquiries, which made the rounds on Twitter last year. Don’t spread lies without facts.

  • Guest

    Makes me feel very proud, and will bring a smile to many.

    Like the laws against interracial and inter-religious marriage in the past, this also will move along, and the homophobes, if they think for themselves at all, will realize how hateful they were.

    To the newlyweds and Japan Times: arigato for standing up for equal rights! We are all human.