South Africa was the first and is currently the only country in Africa to have legalized same-sex marriage back in 2006, but it hasn’t been fully accepted throughout the country. LGBT South Africans still face discrimination and homophobic attacks, and some organizations like the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa have attempted to push for legislation overturning same-sex marriage.
Seven years after the country legalized same-sex marriage, PinkNews reports that Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithole married in what was dubbed as the area’s “first legal gay wedding.” They married in a traditional Zulu ceremony which featured traditional costumes, praying to ancestors for a blessing and sacrificing a cow.
Modisane said at the ceremony about their milestone: “People are still ashamed because the vast majority of the black community is not accepting of being a homosexual. They see it as largely being a ‘Western trend’ that is in fashion lately.”
Both Modisane and Sithole want their traditional marriage ceremony to counter the view supported by the majority of Africans that homosexuality is “deviant” behavior. They hope that people can be “inspired by our love and actions and want to do the same to follow in our footsteps.”
Watch Modisane and Sithole’s marriage ceremony in the YouTube video above.
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