Taiwan holds first same-sex Buddhist wedding.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 13, 2012
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Image: “You Ya-ting, left, and her partner Huang Mei-yu stamp their names in front of a statue of Buddha in the prayer hall as they are married in the first Taiwan same sex Buddhist ceremonial wedding.”

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The couple exchanged prayer beads and stamped seals on a marriage certificate during the ceremony at a monastery in Taoyuan County, Taiwan.

Ya-ting (30) and Mei-yu (30) are both Buddhists, and have been going out for seven years.

Inquirer Life & Style said that the women were married by a female Buddhist master, Shih Chao-hui.


Hurrah! About time.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Taiwan holds first same-sex Buddhist wedding.”

  1. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to: Culture, Enlightened & Family.

  2. mithras says:

    This event — while heart-warming — is no more generally "Buddhist" than it would be generally "Christian" if performed in an Anglican church by an Anglican priest.

    In the Theravadin monastic code, for example, monastics are specifically not allowed to facilitate weddings or to officiate at weddings. There may be an after-wedding blessing, but no officiating or blessing at the ceremony.

    As for same-sex sex, in an interview with the Vancouver Sun in 2004, the Dalai Lama was questioned about homosexuality to which he replied, "For a Buddhist, the same sex, that is sexual misconduct."

    So as you can see, the Buddhist world is much like the Christian in that there no general agreement as to what is acceptable and unacceptable, what is allowable and what is not allowable.

    "I'm a Pure Land Buddhist;
    I'm a Theravadin Buddhist;
    I'm a Tibetan Buddhist;
    I'm a Zen Buddhist;
    In the midst of this ego and attachment –
    Buddha never says a word." ~ Azuki, Zen Jottings.

  3. faye says:

    posted this, too, on my FB wall. yes to love in all shapes and forms!!