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First Televised Romanian Same-Sex Wedding Gets High Ratings

First Televised Romanian Same-Sex Wedding Gets High Ratings

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A Romanian gay couple's wedding was featured on the reality show Four Weddings and a Challenge.

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The reality competition show Four Weddings and a Challenge has produced the first-ever broadcast of a same-sex wedding from Romania.

The Romanian edition of ITV Studios' international franchise Thursday featured the wedding of two theater directors, Daniel, 35, and Mihai, 34. The ceremony, with a Midsummer Night's Dream theme, took place by a lake near Bucharest, reports LGBT rights group ACT-Q Romania. A Metropolitan Community Church minister officiated.

On the show, four couples compete to have the best ceremony, attending one another's weddings and rating them, with the winner receiving a dream honeymoon. The program originated in the United Kingdom and now has versions produced in 19 locales around the world, including the U.S. The U.S. program, on TLC, included a lesbian couple last year and recently put out a casting call for a gay male couple. Same-sex couples have also been featured on the U.K. and Canadian editions.

Same-sex marriages have no legal standing in Romania, but Daniel and Mihai decided to make a statement by sharing their wedding with audiences, according to an ACT-Q press release. Right-wing groups tried to prevent the broadcast of the episode with their ceremony, but Romania's Pro TV went ahead and aired it. It received high ratings, the best in its time slot, and many viewers posted positive comments about it online, ACT-Q reports.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.