Tokyo Disneyland: 1st ever gay white wedding (YouTube)

Dreams came true for Hiroku & Koyuki as they wore their fairytale white dresses at first ever Tokyo's Disneyland same-sex wedding.



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Gay white wedding held at Tokyo Disney

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TOKYO — Two lesbians have become the first gay couple to tie the knot at Tokyo Disney Resort, both decked out in fairytale white dresses despite an initial ruling that one had to wear men's clothes.

"My love Hiroko and I wore wedding dresses and had a mini-parade in DisneySea, a place I also love," Koyuki Higashi, 28, said on Twitter.

"I was really happy!" she said.

The event on Friday was the first homosexual wedding in the popular amusement park even though gay marriage has no legal standing in Japan.

We may not have a law that applies to us, but when someone congratulates us for the wedding, I will proudly say 'thank you!'" said Higashi.

The couple first hit the headlines after the theme park initially told them there would be no problem with the ceremony provided they dressed "like a man and a woman."

A staff member said a same-sex wedding would create "repercussions" among visitors if both brides wore wedding dresses or both grooms donned tuxedoes.

But just few days later the resort operator got back in touch to say their initial response had been wrong and gay couples were free to mix and match their attire.

Higashi posted photos from the celebration on her Twitter site, showing both brides clad in white and accompanied by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

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Same-sex Marriage Vocabulary


gay - people of the same sex who are attracted to each romantically or sexually คนที่รักเพศเดียวกัน ทั้งหญิงรักหญิง และชายรักชาย, เกย์ (See Wikipedia)
homosexual - Same as "gay"

lesbian - gay women ชอบเพศเดียวกัน (สตรี); หญิงรักร่วมเพศ (See Wikipedia)

wedding
- a ceremony where two people get married and become lifetime partners การสมรส, การแต่งงาน, พิธีสมรส
tie the knot
- Same as "wedding"

sex - gender; being either man or a woman or transgender เพศ
same-sex marriage

gay wedding - Same as "same-sex wedding"

a white wedding -
a traditional wedding in Europe & US with white wedding dress  worn by the woman and the man wears black (See Wikipedia)
gay white wedding

Tokyo Disney - (See Wikipedia)
Tokyo Disney Resort

Disney Sea - Tokyo Disney Sea; a theme park with a lot of rides and attractions related to the sea; located outside Tokyo the fifth-most-visited theme park in the worldwith  11.9 million visitors in 2011, the companion park Tokyo Disneyland, both are the only Disney parks in the world not owned by The Walt Disney Company. (See Wikipedia)

Gay white wedding
held at Tokyo Disney

Minnie Mouse - the famous cartoon mouse who is a girl (See Wikipedia)
Mickey Mouse - the famous cartoon mouse who is a boy (See Wikipedia)

couple - two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship คุ่รัก
gay couple

initial - early; first ในเบื้องต้น
ruling - a decision by someone with power and control over a situation คำตัดสิน
initial ruling - the first decision made (could be changed later)

an initial ruling that one had to wear men's clothes

the first gay couple to tie the knot at Tokyo Disney Resort

decked out -
dressed in (some special clothes)
decked out in white dresses

fairytale -
 นิทาน, เรื่องเล่า,  เรื่องเล่าลือ, คำเล่าลือ
fairytale white dresses -
the kind of dress that characters from stories such as cinderella wear

decked out in fairytale white dresses despite an initial ruling that one had to wear men's clothes

Two lesbians have become the first gay couple to tie the knot at Tokyo Disney Resort, both decked out in fairytale white dresses despite an initial ruling that one had to wear men's clothes.

parade - a series of people or things that appear one after the other (usually walking along streets as people watch) เดินขบวน a series of things ขบวนยาว
mini - small
mini-parade - a small parade

My love Hiroko and I wore wedding dresses
we had a mini-parade in DisneySea, a place I also love

"My love Hiroko and I wore wedding dresses and had a mini-parade in DisneySea, a place I also love," Koyuki Higashi, 28, said on Twitter.

amusement park - a place where people pay money to go on sides such as a roller coaster and play games to win prizes สวนสนุก
theme park - Same as "amusement park"

the first homosexual wedding in the popular amusement park

standing -
status, the state or condition of something
legal standing -
is legal, has a legal status (here: married by law, so to end must divorce)

has no legal standing
gay marriage has no legal standing in Japan

The event on Friday was the first homosexual wedding in the popular amusement park even though gay marriage has no legal standing in Japan.

apply to -
to affect or be relevant to
we may not have a law that applies to us

proud (adjective) - feeling happy about good things you or your family, friends or coworkers have done ภูมิใจ
proudly (adverb) 
proudly say

I will proudly say 'thank you!'"

congratulate - to tell someone how happy you are about something good that has happened to them (marriage, graduation, etc) แสดงความยินดี
when someone congratulates us for the wedding, I will proudly say 'thank you!'" said Higashi.

We may not have a law that applies to us, but when someone congratulates us for the wedding, I will proudly say 'thank you!'" said Higashi.

initially
- at first ในระยะต้น at the beginning ในเบื้องต้น
ceremony - a formal public event งานพิธี

the theme park initially told them there would be no problem with the ceremony provided they dressed "like a man and a woman."

headlines - the big easy to read titles of news stories in a newspaper หัวข่าว
hit the headlines - meaning: become a story in the newspaper
first hit the headlines

initially
- at the beginning
they initially told them that ....

provided that -
ok if..., can happen if..., can happen if the condition is met ...
no problem provided that  

there would be no problem with the ceremony provided they dressed "like a man and a woman."

The couple first hit the headlines after the theme park initially told them there would be no problem with the ceremony provided they dressed "like a man and a woman."

staff - people who work for a company or organisation พนักงาน
staff member

repercussions - the bad things that happen after some event (because of the event) that last a long time, effect, result ผลของการกระทำ
create repercussions among visitors

bride - the woman getting married
wedding dress the dress that a woman wears at her wedding ชุดเจ้าสาว
brides wore wedding dresses

groom -
the man getting married, bridegroom  เจ้าบ่าว
don -
wear some clothes, put on some clothes

tuxedo  - formal dress for men, usually black with white shirt and bow tie ชุดทักซิโด้, ชุดใส่ไปงานราตรีแบบชายสั้นของผู้ชาย (See Wikipedia)
both grooms donned tuxedoes


A staff member said a same-sex wedding would create "repercussions" among visitors if both brides wore wedding dresses or both grooms donned tuxedoes.

get in touch - contact someone, send a person you know a message (by email or by phone, for example)
get back in touch

match - to look the same as or very similar to something else ซึ่งไม่คู่ควร
attire - clothes

mix and match -
to combine unrelated things; to put together different clothes that don't usually go together and make new combinations of clothing  (such as  skirts, blouses, and accessories) (See Wiktionary & Free Dictionary)

mix and match their attire
free to mix and match their attire

But just few days later the resort operator got back in touch to say their initial response had been wrong and gay couples were free to mix and match their attire.

celebration - to have a happy, fun event because something special happens such as birthday or holiday such as Christmas
photos from the celebration

posted - put something on a website (such as a photo or a comment)
posted photos from the celebration

clad - dressed or covered สวมใส่ wearing a particular type of clothing กลุ่มคนเสื้อ (แดง)
clad in white - dressed in white

accompanied - went together with ติดตาม, ร่วมทาง, เดินทางไปด้วย
accompanied by Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Higashi posted photos from the celebration on her Twitter site, showing both brides clad in white and accompanied by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

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