First it was America’s first gay president jumping on the gay marriage bus, now it’s a cartoon character. No doubt some famous puppet will soon hop on board.
Despite their having no legal status, same sex couples are able to hold fairytale wedding ceremonies at hotels inside the popular Tokyo Disney Resort, including at the Cinderella Castle, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.
News of the unions came to light when Koyuki Higashi, 27, enquired about marrying her female partner at the resort.
A member of staff who answered the call said there would be no problem with their marrying, provided they dressed “like a man and a woman”, Higashi wrote on her blog.
Well, now, that doesn’t seem like true equality. Not to mention there being no legal status to the make-believe weddings.
The staff member explained a same-sex wedding would create “repercussions” among visitors to the park if both brides were wearing wedding dresses or both grooms wore tuxedoes, the blog added.
However, a few days later, the resort operator got back in touch to say their initial response had been wrong and gay couples were free to mix and match their attire.
Homosexuality in Japan is widely accepted but not openly discussed.