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MASS HOMOSEXUAL WEDDING HELD IN TAIPEI

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Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) Four couples of homosexuals tied the knot here Saturday in what is touted to be the first mass wedding for homosexuals in Asia.
Dressed in traditional bride's long white gown and groom's tuxedo, the new couples proudly exchanged their wedding rings and marriage pledges in front of a priest and more than five thousands of well wishers.
Although their marriages are invalid in the eyes of the law, a new couple said they were pleased that their union was blessed by so many friends, adding that they hoped they could adopt a child one day.
Hsu You-sheng an activist for homosexuals' right and the organizer of the wedding said homosexuals who carry out their legal obligations under the law as heterosexuals should be given the same right to get married as the heterosexuals.
He said an diversified society should tolerate people with different sexual preference and homosexuals should not feel shy about their sexual orientation.
(By Maubo Chang) ENDITEM