- The Washington Times - Monday, March 3, 2014

A gay Myanmar couple married Sunday in a lavish public ceremony that they say was the first of its kind in the country where gay sex is illegal.

Grooms Tin Ko Ko, 38, and Myo Min Htet, 28, exchanged rings in an upmarket Yangon hotel, the Agence France-Presse reported. They kept the venue secret out of fear they would be attacked.

The marriage does not enjoy any legal status in Myanmar, but the couple is still thrilled the ceremony was able to take place.

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

“I am happy that I can make a difference that other people in our community have never done before,” said Tin Ko Ko.

The men have lived together for 10 years without publicly declaring their relationship. Tin Ko Ko works for Kings and Queens, an LGBT rights organization, and Myo Min Tun works with LGBT healthcare at the Aye Nyein Myittar organization, The Myanmar Times reported.

The couple plans to adopt a child.

“We’re both busy now, so this is for the future. He wants a boy, but I would love a boy or a girl equally,” said Myo Min Htet.

Views on homosexuality in the country have relaxed slightly since a quasi-civilian government replaced military rule three years ago, AFP reported.

Myanmar held its first gay pride celebrations in May 2012.

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