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First traditional same-sex Zulu marriage in South Africa

First traditional same-sex Zulu marriage in South Africa

What is believed to be the first traditional African gay wedding took place in KwaDukuza, South Africa, on the weekend.

Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithole, both 27 years old, married in front of 200 guests at the Stanger Siva Sungam community hall, fully dressed in traditional costumes and following a Zulu rite.

Gay marriage has been legal in South Africa since 2006 and the country is generally considered to be the most advanced in the continent on LGBT issues, despite widespread discrimination and violence against gay and trans people.

Tshepo, an audit manager, and Thoba, an IT specialist, now are thinking about having a child with a surrogate mother.

They told News 24: ‘It is important that we have children as want to have a build a family together.

‘Family is important to us and that is the number one reason why we want to have children.

‘We also want our children to grow up in an environment where they are loved greatly by both parents who appreciate them.’

The video of their traditional marriage is going viral on YouTube. The couple has been interviewed by the national and international press.

The couple highlighted that ‘we’ve been supported by our families, but we want to inspire people out there who are still struggling to come to terms with their sexuality.’ 

Watch the video: