Monday, August 6, 2012

Gay pastor holds wedding banquet in Malaysia

In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 and released by Ngeo Boon Lin, Malaysian-born Ngeo Boon Lin (right), and his American partner Phineas Newborn III pose during their wedding banquet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Gay pastor Ngeo who married his musical producer boyfriend Newborn III in New York last year has fulfilled a vow to hold a wedding banquet in his native Malaysia. -- PHOTO: AP
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A gay Malaysian pastor said on Monday he had held a wedding banquet with his American partner despite earlier outrage by conservatives in the Muslim-majority country opposed to their union.
Mr Ngeo Boon Lin, who has authored a number of books on gay and other issues under the name Ouyang Wen Feng, said he held the private, traditional Chinese wedding celebration at a restaurant in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

"I wanted to inspire others to speak the truth and to stand up for our rights," he told AFP. Mr Ngeo married his partner, African-American Broadway musical producer Phineas Newborn III, last year in New York, where they live. That came shortly after same-sex marriages were legalised there.
Homosexuality remains a largely taboo subject in Malaysia - sodomy is punishable by 20 years in prison - and Mr Ngeo came under attack from Islamic and Christian figures alike when he first announced his wedding plans.

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