I pronounce you… Man and Man
Two young black men tied the knot in a rare South African gay wedding in KwaDukuza last month.
In what has been described as Stanger’s first gay Zulu wedding Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithole, both 27, exchanged vows.
The gay wedding has been approved by a local pastor.
“This is my first wedding of this kind,” said Pastor Tankiso Mokwena, who married the couple.
They were dressed in traditional clothing and the wedding was attended by 200 guests who described it as a jubilant and joyous occasion.
Thoba, a Joburg-based IT specialist from Shakaville, KwaDukuza and Tshepo an audit manager have known each other for several years and dated on and off before deciding to get “married”.
Friends described the couple as really nice guys who were very fun, outgoing and an inspiration.
“Since we are both men we have decided that neither of us will pay lobolo. The most we will do is to buy gifts for our parents as a sign of appreciation for raising us.” Thoba said in an interview on gay lifestyle website mambaonline.com.
The couple are reportedly planning to have a family and when the time is right will find a suitable surrogate.
“Family is important to us and that is the number one reason why we want to have children,” Thoba said.
“We also want our children to grow up in an environment where they are loved greatly by both parents who appreciate them,” he added.
“One of the reasons we chose to be so open was that we hope to inspire people out there who are still struggling to come to terms with their sexuality,” Tshepo said. The couple said they saw no reason to hide in darkness as if there was something to be ashamed about.