Two blushing brides were legally married in Russia this month, even though same-sex marriage was made illegal in the country in 2012.
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Scandalized Russian bureaucrats were outraged, but they were trapped by their own discriminatory laws. Alina Davis and Allison Brooks are now legally married.
Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, walked into the Moscow registry office in matching wedding dresses and asked for a marriage license. Alina said later on her VK page (Like a Russian Facebook) that the clerk called them the "shame of the family" and told them they needed medical treatment.
Alina joked of her partner's reaction:
"I was afraid my pussycat would beat the fuck out of her."
In the end, the disproving clerks had no choice but to issue a license to the young couple, because Alina, (once Dmitry Kozhukhov) who was born male, is recognized as a male in Russia. The ladies married immediately at the registry, punctuating their legal marriage with a long and happy kiss.
I find there is a profound and satisfying irony in the fact the women used a law born from transphobia to defeat a law born of homophobia.
Congratulations to the newlyweds!
H/T UK Metro
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