Beautiful Photos From Same-Sex Weddings Around The World

Love is love in every language.

June is Pride Month. It’s also a popular month for couples to get married.

Around the world, more and more countries are acknowledging the right of same-sex couples to solemnize their relationships in holy matrimony. And even where marriage equality does not exist, LGBT people are creating unique and beautiful ceremonies to celebrate their love.

Below, we share images from some of those eye-catching nuptials.

The Philippines

Two days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, a mass wedding of 15 same-sex couples was held in Manila to urge the Filipino government to follow suit.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 28:  U.S. national Michael Ellis (R) wipes sweat from his partner Filipino Jesus Bacsal (L) during a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. A small Christian ecumenical group officiated the wedding of one gay and 14 lesbian couples in simple ceremony rites held in a basketball court in the middle class district of Quezon City. Same sex marriage unions are not officially recognized under Philippine laws and is staunchly rejected by the dominant Catholic church in the Philippines. Organizers said todays rites had a special relevance following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage and emboldens other countries to adopt a more tolerant stance on same sex unions.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
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A small Christian ecumenical group officiated the ceremony, which included one gay couples and 14 lesbian couples, in a basketball court in Quezon City. Same-sex marriageis still not officially recognized in the Philippines.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 28:  Filipino LGBT (Lesbian, Gay,Bisexual, Transgender) couples hold a placard and kiss their partners during a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. A small Christian ecumenical group officiated the wedding of one gay and 14 lesbian couples in simple ceremony rites held in a basketball court in the middle class district of Quezon City. Same sex marriage unions are not officially recognized under Philippine laws and is staunchly rejected by the dominant Catholic church in the Philippines. Organizers said todays rites had a special relevance following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage and emboldens other countries to adopt a more tolerant stance on same sex unions.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 28:  Filipino Jesus Bacsal (L) and U.S. national Michael Ellis (R) kiss before a crowd of photographers during a mass 'wedding rites' on June 28, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. A small Christian ecumenical group officiated the wedding of one gay and 14 lesbian couples in simple ceremony rites held in a basketball court in the middle class district of Quezon City. Same sex marriage unions are not officially recognized under Philippine laws and is staunchly rejected by the dominant Catholic church in the Philippines. Organizers said todays rites had a special relevance following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage and emboldens other countries to adopt a more tolerant stance on same sex unions.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
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South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 6: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Tshepo Modisane and Thobajobe Sithole pose together on April 6, 2013 at Siva Sungum Hall in Kwadukuza, South Africa. Modisane and Sithole made history as this was the first-ever traditional gay wedding in African Culture. (Photo by Alex Nkosi/Daily Sun/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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In 2013, Tshepo Modisane and Thobajobe Sithole made history with the first traditional African wedding between two men, in the town of Kwadukuza.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 6: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Tshepo Modisane and Thobajobe Sithole share a kiss on April 6, 2013 at Siva Sungum Hall in Kwadukuza, South Africa. Modisane and Sithole made history as this was the first-ever traditional gay wedding in African Culture. (Photo by Alex Nkosi/Daily Sun/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Italy

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Italy is one of the few European countries to still not recognize marriage equality, but Angelo Albanesi and Pier Giorgio de Simoni were among the couples who registered their civil union at Rome’s city hall on May 21, 2015.
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City officials organized a “Celebration Day” to encourage registration, and Albanesi, a finance minister, and De Simoni, a geophysicist, sported matching tuxes for the occassion, with canary yellow top hats, ties and boutonnieres.

“It is a very important day,” said Albanesi, who, by that point, had been with De Simone for 35 years. “Today’s celebration is an invitation to the government to act.”

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Civil-union bills has been sponsored in parliament but always faced considerable opposition from conservatives and the influential Catholic Church. Finally in February 2016, a bill was overwhelmingly approved by the Italian Senate and Chamber of Deputies. Italian President Sergio Mattarella signed the “Civil Union Bill” into law on May 20 and took effect June 5, 2016. It provides same-sex couples with almost all the rights of marriage, with some exceptions regarding joint adoption.

Canada
Homosexuality is still illegal in India, but Daniel Langdon and Rishi Agarwal enjoyed a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony with Agarwal’s Indian-Canadian family in Toronto in 2016.

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“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I could have the wedding that I wanted with the person I loved and with all my family and my friends,” Rishi told local news channels at the time.

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Thailand
Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Thailand, but gay couple Naparuj Mond Kaendi and Thorsten Mid enjoyed a beautiful Thai wedding ceremony there in 2016, following their legal marriage in Germany.

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Scotland
Barrie Milroy and his Aussie boyfriend Trent Hill recently tied the knot in Glasgow, with Milroy wearing a traditional kilt. Scotland officially legalized same-sex marriage in 2014.

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China

CHANGSHA, CHINA - MAY 17:  (CHINA OUT) Sun Wenlin (R) and his same-sex partner Hu Mingliang hold wedding in Changsha on May 17, 2016 in Changsha, Hunan Province of China. Furong District people's court judged China's first same-sex marriage case on April 13 and the plaintiffs Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang lost the case. Sun and Hu held their wedding in Changsha on May 17, and had planned to hold 100 same-sex weddings for gay couples.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang were the couple at the heart of China’s first same-sex marriage legal case last year. The court ruled against them on on April 13, 2016, but they still held their symbolic wedding ceremony just over a month later. Had they won, the couple planned to host 100 same-sex weddings.

CHANGSHA, CHINA - MAY 17:  (CHINA OUT) Sun Wenlin (L) and his same-sex partner Hu Mingliang hold wedding in Changsha on May 17, 2016 in Changsha, Hunan Province of China. Furong District people's court judged China's first same-sex marriage case on April 13 and the plaintiffs Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang lost the case. Sun and Hu held their wedding in Changsha on May 17, and had planned to hold 100 same-sex weddings for gay couples.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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CHANGSHA, CHINA - MAY 17:  (CHINA OUT) Sun Wenlin (L) and his same-sex partner Hu Mingliang hold wedding in Changsha on May 17, 2016 in Changsha, Hunan Province of China. Furong District people's court judged China's first same-sex marriage case on April 13 and the plaintiffs Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang lost the case. Sun and Hu held their wedding in Changsha on May 17, and had planned to hold 100 same-sex weddings for gay couples.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - AUGUST 22:  Sergio Miranda and Rodrigo Borda show their marriage certificate during his wedding as the first gay couple to get married in Uruguay on August 22, 2013 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay is the twelfth country in the world to allow same-sex marriage, and the second in Latin America after Argentina did back in 2010. (Photo by Dante Fernandez/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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In 2013, Uruguay became the 12th country to allow marriage equality, and Sergio Miranda and Rodrigo Borda were the first same-sex couple married there—in a simple ceremony on August 22 of that year.

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - AUGUST 22:  Sergio Miranda and Rodrigo Borda celebrate during his wedding as the first gay couple to get married in Uruguay on August 22, 2013 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay is the twelfth country in the world to allow same-sex marriage, and the second in Latin America after Argentina did back in 2010. (Photo by Dante Fernandez/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - AUGUST 22:  Sergio Miranda and Rodrigo Borda celebrate during his wedding as the first gay couple to get married in Uruguay on August 22, 2013 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay is the twelfth country in the world to allow same-sex marriage, and the second in Latin America after Argentina did back in 2010. (Photo by Dante Fernandez/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - AUGUST 22:  Sergio Miranda and Rodrigo Borda celebrate during his wedding as the first gay couple to get married in Uruguay on August 22, 2013 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay is the twelfth country in the world to allow same-sex marriage, and the second in Latin America after Argentina did back in 2010. (Photo by Dante Fernandez/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - AUGUST 22:  Sergio Miranda and Rodrigo Borda celebrate during his wedding as the first gay couple to get married in Uruguay on August 22, 2013 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay is the twelfth country in the world to allow same-sex marriage, and the second in Latin America after Argentina did back in 2010. (Photo by Dante Fernandez/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - AUGUST 22:  Sergio Miranda and Rodrigo Borda celebrate during his wedding as the first gay couple to get married in Uruguay on August 22, 2013 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Uruguay is the twelfth country in the world to allow same-sex marriage, and the second in Latin America after Argentina did back in 2010. (Photo by Dante Fernandez/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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United States

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Ohio couple Kait and Taylor Justus tied the knot earlier this month.

“We do everything together, which has made wedding dress shopping so hard because I want her to see them and help me pick, but at the same time I don’t want her to have any idea what I am wearing,” Kait told equallywed.com. “I know it sounds cliché but she is literally my best friend.”


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