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Two men and two women took part in a same-sex marriage demonstration in Beijing on Valentine's Day, the Wall Street Journal reports:

"Reactions to the protest were divided; while many onlookers expressed support, saying they were aware there are many openly gay men and women in China now, others were not sympathetic to the cause. On the Internet, thousands of people who responded to news stories about the event were divided as well. One person responded to a news story on the protest by asking women not to date other women anymore. 'Make some contributions to the tens of millions of single males [in China],' this person wrote, alluding to China’s current gender imbalance. Another said heterosexual unions weren’t necessarily better: 'Love is love, and there is no specific reason. Who can say that there is no real love between them? How many males and females end up in divorce?” But no one, including the guards in the area on Saturday, tried to stop the group from its demonstration."

Watch some short live footage from the event, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Kudos! I required a lot of courage to make such a stand, and I wish more of the LGBT community would be inspired by such bravery.

    Posted by: Cj | Feb 16, 2009 8:46:02 PM


  2. >> 'Make some contributions to the tens of millions of single males [in China],' this person wrote

    Translation: I haven't gotten laid in many years, if ever.

    That guy should be happy to see this. There are far more gay men than lesbians in any culture, so LGBT openness improves his odds.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 16, 2009 8:56:09 PM


  3. "Make some contributions to the tens of millions of single males [in China],' this person wrote, alluding to China’s current gender imbalance"

    This would not be the case if the Chinese people hadn't waged genocide on female newborns.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Feb 16, 2009 10:18:15 PM


  4. Wait, I meant the Chinese Governments policies, not the people, that sounded really racist.

    Sorry.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Feb 16, 2009 10:19:53 PM


  5. These shameful heathen Communists!!!


    How can I meet one?

    Posted by: Marc | Feb 16, 2009 10:46:22 PM


  6. Wonderful!

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 16, 2009 11:04:54 PM


  7. @Derek

    But CCP Government don't at all promote sex selection. It's Chinese people, the uneducated ones especially, choose to do so, for they think female is somehow inferior than male coz girls don't carry family names. Some of these Chinese equivalent of Rednecks insist on popping out babies till they get a son or two, some of them just kill the baby girls to skip all the burdens.

    I'm Chinese myself, guess I can afford a little political incorrectness. So there.

    Posted by: AllenKids | Feb 17, 2009 1:09:31 AM


  8. The religious right has now set its sights on Hawaii and the Civil Unions Bill currently up for consideration. Please help stop them!

    http://www.apaforprogress.org/marriage-equality-moves-back-to-hawaii#more-906

    Posted by: writestuff | Feb 17, 2009 1:48:18 AM


  9. It is still kind of staggering to see the degree of openness in social debate in China when you consider how recent it is. The government seems to tolerate a lot as long as the discussion isn't about the government and what they are doing.

    Posted by: interglossa | Feb 17, 2009 9:09:23 PM


  10. care? Why DO you care? And why do you think that separate-but-equal is just plain good enough for us, but only you are good enough for marriage? If I were married and hetero, and killed my wife and children today, I could legally marry any consenting woman tomorrow. There might be some outcry, but no one could legally prevent it.

    Yet my friends Dan and Kevin, together for twenty years and who just saw each other through a heart attack and cancer,-- well, civil unions are good enough.

    and second-- and very related to #1-- I notice you did not comment on the obvious: this video really has nothing at all to do, except peripherally with marriage, family, children, civil unions or religion. It is about one thing, and one thing only: HATE. Gay people are going to get you and your family

    Posted by: penis büyütücü | Jan 2, 2011 5:58:29 PM


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