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Gay film director 'marries' partner in conservative South Korea

Published on Sep 7, 2013 6:53 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - A prominent gay rights campaigner and movie director "married" his partner in South Korea on Saturday, where same-sex marriage is not legally recognised.

Kim Jho Gwang-Soo - a rare openly gay celebrity in conservative South Korea - and Kim Seung-Hwan held an outdoor ceremony in central Seoul, urging the government to recognise their union.

"Through this ceremony, we will become a married couple, regardless of whether our marriage is legally accepted or not," Kim told journalists.

"Same sex marriage is not something shocking in many other countries. I hope South Korea will also join them in the near future," he added.

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