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Wedding Billed As Russias First Gay Marriage

Wedding Billed As Russias First Gay Marriage

This is being billed as Russia's first gay marriage after a Russian woman and her transgender lover managed to get married by forcing registry office officials to accept their union in the capital Moscow.

Nevertheless, despite the fact that they managed to get a certificate the wedding was not exactly a happy affair after registry office officials refused to welcome the two 'brides' through the front door and forced them in through the back entrance because both of them were wearing a wedding dress.

The marriage between the two women was possible because Alina Davis, 23, was born Dimitriy Kozhuhov and still had her male name on her birth certificate and ID that allowed her to marry her bride Ellison Brux, 21, in a civil ceremony this month at the registry office of Kutuzovsky Prospekt, a major ring road in Moscow.

Alina, who has always dressed as a woman and identifies as a female, said: "We love each other and wanted to cement that union, and we had no problems when we handed in the application to the registry office. We expected a complaint or something but they didn't say anything. But then when the head of the registry office called he rang several times telling us that they didn't want us to turn up both in wedding dresses. He said marriages in Russia were between a man and a woman and nobody else."

But the two ignored the advice anyway and turned up at the registry office both wearing dresses, and ended up being ushered in through the back door.

When asked for a statement the head of the register office declined to comment but Alina said they had tried not to let the officials' attitude ruin their big day, adding: "When we arrived at the day of the wedding, the head of the office was trying to hide us all the time. They rushed us into the office through a back door and that really offended us. He told us we were a disgrace to the society and we needed medical treatment."

But the couple did manage to get their official marriage certificate, even if it is in the name of Dimitriy and not Alina.

Alina said: "I am pleased to see that the photos are being shared and it's being discussed and I hope we might inspire others to challenge the restrictive practices here and formalise their unions."

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