Tokyo Disneyland: Lesbian Couple Hold First Magic Kingdom Same-Sex Wedding

3.6.2013

By Out.com Editors

A Japanese couple had their nuptials in the theme park

Photo via Koyuki Higashi's Twitter

According to GayCities, the first same-sex wedding to take place in a Magic Kingdom theme park occurred Friday, March 1 at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Referencing a tweet from actress-activist Koyuki Higashi and her partner, Hiroko, that included this adorable photo, 28-year-old Higashi wrote: “My partner Hiroko and I just held a gay wedding at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Even Mickey and Minnie are here to celebrate with us!”

Of course, Japan doesn’t recognize same-sex unions yet, but as the Washington Post noted, Disney has invited same-sex couples to purchase wedding packages at its resorts—complete with Disney characters, public displays, and elaborate set pieces—since 2007.

“This could prompt Japan to question why it so often ignores or discriminates against minorities,” Hiroko, who does not want to reveal her full name because some family members are uncomfortable with her sexuality, told the New York Times. “Mostly we just want people to know that gay people exist for real, and we would like to throw weddings like everyone else.”

It turns out Disney reps had originally asked if one of the women would wear a tuxedo so that other visitors might not be troubled by their presence, the New York Times reports. After Higashi took to social media, the Resort relented and allowed them to both wear white wedding dresses. 

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