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Gay couple marry in South African town’s first same-sex union (Video)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

DURBAN, South Africa — Two men married on Saturday in a rare South African gay wedding in KwaDukuza on Saturday, in what has been described as the town’s first same-sex union.

Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithole
Photo: Sunday Tribune/Independent Online

Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithole, both 27, walked down the aisle in front of 200 guests at the Stanger Siva Sungam community hall, reported the Independent Online.

Thoba, a Joburg-based IT specialist, is from Shakaville, KwaDukuza and Tshepo an audit manager at PwC. They have known each other for years and dated on and off, before stabilizing their relationship.

Now that they are wedded, they will take on the double-barrelled surname of Sithole-Modisane.

The couple appeared to enjoy the support from the community, family and friends.

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The couple are reportedly planning to have children through a surrogate.

“Family is important to us and that is the number one reason why we want to have children,” said Thoba.

eNews Channel Africa has this video report:

The couple was profiled in February by Mamba Online, and acknowledged there is a lack of openly gay role models in South Africa, especially among people of color.

“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,” said Tshepo.

“If our action of getting married and being bold and proud about it is emulated by more members of the LGBTI community who are black, then so be it. If people are inspired by our love and actions and want to do the same to follow in our footsteps then we don’t mind being labelled as ‘role models’ in the LGBTI community.”

South Africa outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation, and in December 2006, South Africa became the fifth country in the world, and the first in Africa, to legalize same-sex marriage.

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34 more reader comments:

  1. Congrats Guys!!!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:44pm
  2. Well good for them <3

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:44pm
  3. I Love this!!!! Yes!!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:48pm
  4. awesome!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:49pm
  5. *-* Rafaela Dias, Thiago Pauluk

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:51pm
  6. WOO!..about time!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:52pm
  7. i pray for their safety, congratulations guys for having the courage to marry

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:53pm
  8. OMG! I love it!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:53pm
  9. Wow, that is so beautiful! Lots of love guys!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:55pm
  10. Congrats!! :D

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:56pm
  11. Stoned to death in 4..3..2..

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:56pm
  12. What a beautiful story,and a lovely looking couple! So happy for them both!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:56pm
  13. Oh yeah – I’m sure the Africans loved seeing this – LMAO – They are probably hunting these two right now – but good for them!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:58pm
  14. aww

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3:01pm
  15. Awesome just pure awesome sauce. Congratulations you two!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3:03pm
  16. A 120 years of happiness.

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3:03pm
  17. aw yall look so cute congrats ^^ be carefull it’s really dangerous over there for gay rights anyway we had history today :)

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3:06pm
  18. So Proud of you Guys, where mankind originated from you set the benchmark for the complete world that consider themselves civilized, to follow! ;o) X

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3:10pm
  19. Congratulations guys!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3:16pm
  20. Congrat’s!! Be happy and healthy.

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3:25pm
  21. I hope they aren’t killed over it.

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3:36pm
  22. I’m sending them positive vibes they they can live a long happy life together. I hope they do not get murdered.

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3:39pm
  23. Congrats to this nice couple !

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3:43pm
  24. If South Africa can progress why cant we??????

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 4:23pm
  25. congrats

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 4:40pm
  26. it’s odd the South Africa, of all countries, is the first nation to have marriage equality written into it’s constitution.

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 4:52pm
  27. Absolutley love it!!!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 5:51pm
  28. .,it is legal in south africa… the only progressive place in africa!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 5:51pm
  29. congratulations to the happy couple

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 5:55pm
  30. Congratulations!

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 6:26pm
  31. XD

    Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 7:21pm
  32. Good luck!!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 12:13am
  33. congrsats, and stay safe

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:12am
  34. Congratulations. May your love be long and prosperous.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:22am