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Disneyland Tokyo Opens Its Doors to Gay Wedding Ceremonies

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The Magic Kingdom just got a little more magic in Japan, the Taipei Times reports:

Tokyo Disneyland said this week it would allow gay couples to hold ceremonies on its grounds, although same-sex weddings have no legal status in Japan.

Disneyland’s decision came to light after Koyuki Higashi, a 27-year-old woman, inquired about marrying her female partner, identified only as Hiroko, at the resort. Higashi was initially told she would be able to marry her partner provided they were dressed “like a man and a woman,” she wrote on her blog. Staff at Disneyland, which attracts about 14 million visitors a year, were apparently concerned about how other visitors would react to the sight of couples both dressed in wedding dresses or tuxedos.

A spokeswoman for Milial Resort Hotels, a subsidiary of Tokyo Disney Resort, later said there had been a misunderstanding, telling Higashi and her partner they could dress how they pleased, although they would not be able to exchange vows in the chapel because of “Christian teachings.”

The park is now accepting all applications for same-sex wedding ceremonies.

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  1. I think that Tokyo Disneyland is more like a franchise, not owned by Disney Corporate, can you have same sex ceremonies at WDW in Florida yet? Surprising that Disneyland Rewsort on California hasn't cashed in on the wedding scene yet.

    Posted by: jsb | May 18, 2012 1:33:27 PM


  2. It's a bit weird they cite Christian teachings with the chapel considering the majority of Japan is NOT Christian, but good on them. I'm quite pleasantly surprised by this.

    Posted by: Yuki | May 18, 2012 3:05:04 PM


  3. This in a country that also allows people to marry inanimate objects, animals and just about anything else they can think of. Luckily America is not quite that decadent as to ever allow that. Remember the majority of states that voted 30 voted against homosexual marriage. Thus spoke the people.

    Posted by: Michael Lederman | May 18, 2012 5:32:39 PM


  4. "Disneyland" Tokyo is not owned by Walt Disney. The Japanese sneakily took control over the park after it was almost complete and reneged on Disney's co-ownership. Disney offers help to the park to keep their good name in Japan.

    Posted by: Bill | May 18, 2012 6:31:35 PM


  5. @MICHAEL LEDERMAN
    Regardless of the number of voters, unconstitutional additions to state constitutions will not be allowed to stand. Failure of states voters to understand that the federal constitution trumps their votes, will only lead to wasted time, effort, and taxpayer dollars trying to defend the indefensible.
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. The failure of voters to understand the Supreme Law of the Land will simply invalidate their efforts to prevent equal protection for all citizens.

    Posted by: vanndean | May 18, 2012 8:05:52 PM


  6. This is all a bit strange. Japan is frequently "Christian" for the sake of wedding ceremonies and Shinto or Buddhist for everything else. In fact, you can hire a fake US-style wedding chapel, a fake white priest and no Bible teachings need ever come into it.

    But same-sex marriage isn't legal in Japan anyway. What we have is a Japanese theme park who will let non-legal marriages take place, but won't let them happen in a fake wedding chapel due to beliefs that no one believes in.

    And, no, you can't "marry anything" here any more than you can in the US. Don't be silly.

    Posted by: What? | May 19, 2012 5:54:11 AM


  7. @Michael Lederman - No, you can't marry inanimate objects or animals in Japan. Where did you get that from? Shut your ignorant hole.

    Posted by: Stevie | Jun 13, 2012 11:25:37 AM


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