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Gay US diplomat found true love in Shanghai, marries Chinese boyfriend

Gay US diplomat found true love in Shanghai, marries Chinese boyfriend

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A US diplomat serving in Shanghai marries his Chinese partner, making it the first gay marriage by a foreign diplomat serving in China.

Hanscom Smith, a senior diplomat currently serving as the US Consul General in Shanghai, wedded his longtime partner, Eric Lu, in San Fransciso’s City Hall.

The US Consulate in Shanghai announced the good news on its Weibo, equivalent to China’s Twitter, on Tuesday.

Smith was actually back in the states for a holiday, and the hashtag #VacationOfConsulGeneral was created.

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Before the ceremony, Smith had also brought Lu to his hometown in Maine for a visit, and showed him around the museum where he worked as a tour guide for three summer holidays, reports BuzzFeed.

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Even though China does not have marriage equality and the society is still hugely conservative when it comes to LGBTI rights and discrimination issues, the Chinese internet is happy and excited for the newly weds.

One user shared that they got married the same day as Smith and Lu:

‘We got married on the same day! Originally wanted to do it in San Francisco… but we went to Las Vegas instead. Thankful that the US allows same-sex marriage.’

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However there are some people who are upset that Lu is now off the shelf.

One user said: ‘Ah, another of China’s best looking guys got away.’

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Gay Star News wishes Smith and Lu a happy and blissful marriage.

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H/t: BuzzFeed