By Julie Bolcer
Originally published on Advocate.com January 13 2010 1:15 PM ET
Media in China on Wednesday hailed what was believed to be the first public instance of a same-sex wedding in the world’s most populous country.
Zeng Anquan, 45, and Pan Wenjie, 27, married in a ceremony attended by 200 friends in the southwestern city of Chengdu on January 3, according to Agence France-Presse.
Laws in China, where homosexuality was officially considered a mental illness until recently, do not recognize same-sex marriages.
According to AFP, the English-language China Daily featured a front-page photograph and story about the men, in coverage that marks significant progress.