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Gay 'wedding' to call for rights (2)

By Yan Shuang (Global Times)

14:09, February 15, 2012

The atmosphere was festive as center volunteers handed out candy to registered newlyweds. One of the registered couples was very supportive and witnessed their "wedding," Zhang said.

The center had organized several flash-mobs on February 12 at Wangfujing, Xidan, Jianguomen and Houhai before Valentine's Day, where they held rainbow flags and kissed in public to promote their community.

Yesterday saw some 3,900 couples registered as husband and wife citywide by 5:30 pm, according to the media office at the Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs.

Couples began lining up at districts' marriage registration offices as early as 3 am, and the offices opened at 8 am, an hour earlier than usual to welcome the excited couples.

"Usually we have less than 100 couples coming here per day for registration, but at Valentine's Day or Qixi, the Chinese equivalent, the number increases to 500 to 600," said Suo.

People crowded into the office yesterday morning and they had to send them through in groups, she said.

Chinese Valentine's Day falls later in the year, on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.

"We chose today to register as I want my marriage to be special and memorable," said Wang Lijuan, who came to the Chaoyang office with her husband for their wedding certificate.

Wang Qingyi, a university teacher in Beijing, told the Global Times he and his wife getting married on Valentine's Day was not pre-planned, but they hope this romantic day could bring more happiness to their marriage.

"We love each other, and that's the only thing that matters," he said.

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