Gay couple's small town wedding a first

2013-04-08 09:09
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African gay wedding, a first

2013-04-08 11:35

Two KwaZulu-Natal men have tied the knot in what has been described as Stanger’s first gay wedding. Watch.WATCH

Durban - Two KwaZulu-Natal men have tied the knot in what has been described as Stanger’s first gay Zulu wedding.

Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithole, both 27, on Saturday exchanged vows in a community hall in KwaDukuza [Stanger], reported the Sunday Tribune.

They were dressed in traditional clothing and the wedding was attended by 200 guests and was described as a jubilant, joyous occasion.

Sithole is a Joburg-based IT specialist and Modisane is an audit manager at PwC. They will in future both take the double-barrelled surname of Sithole-Modisane.

“Thoba is a really nice guy, very fun and outgoing,” said Loyiso Xaba, a family friend.

“They are an inspiration and step in the right direction,” said another wedding guest Bongani Sibisi.

Sithole told gay activist website “Since we are both men we have decided that neither of us will pay lobolo. The most we will do is to buy gifts for our parents as a sign of appreciation for raising us.”

The couple are already planning to have children and will use a surrogate.

“Family is important to us and that is the number one reason why we want to have children. We also want our children to grow up in an environment where they are loved greatly by both parents who appreciate them,” said Sithole.

Modisane said one of the reasons they chose to be so open was that they “hope to inspire people out there who are still struggling to come to terms with their sexuality”.

“We see no reason to hide in darkness as if there is something to be ashamed about. Our marriage is largely symbolic and a sign that black gay men can commit and build a family through a happy and loving marriage,” he said.  

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