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The land that is known as Arakan by the foreigners is called Rakhaing-pray by its own people, Rakhaing-thar (Arakanese) who were titled this name in honour of preservation on their national heritage and ethics or morality.

Myanmar couple in 'first public gay wedding ceremony'

Posted by Arakan Indobhasa Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Updated Tue 4 Mar 2014, 9:02am AEDT
A gay couple has married in a lavish public ceremony in Myanmar, in an event said to be the first of its kind.

The marriage does not enjoy any legal status but followed the customs of other Myanmar weddings.

Dressed in matching traditional Myanmar clothes and garlanded with jasmine, Tin Ko Ko, 38, and Myo Min Htet, 28, exchanged rings in an upmarket Yangon hotel.

The two men arrived in solemn procession followed by six groomsmen in front of some 200 guests.

"My family accepted me," Tin Ko Ko said.

"I am so glad that my parents were understanding... but he had to overcome many difficulties from his family."

The pair, who both work for rights groups, have lived together for 10 years without publicly declaring their relationship.

"We both tried hard to make this a reality," Myo Min Htet said.
"I am almost speechless, I am so happy."

It's a sign of the rapidly changing social norms in the conservative nation.
The marriage won't enjoy legal status but the event was photographed and splashed across the front pages of several local newspapers.

"This is like a challenge to our neighbours, who do not understand us and see us as very strange people," said Aung Myo Min, from the rights group Equality Myanmar.
Same sex relations are criminalised in Myanmar although the law is not strictly enforced.
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