America appears to be behind the times when it comes to same sex marriages. In other countries, they’ve embraced the institution long ago.
In South Africa, same sex marriage has been legal for seven years. They are the first country in Africa to legalize it. It’s surprising when the lifestyle is not supported in many countries in Africa and the lifestyle has resulted in heinous crimes against homosexuals. But, that does not matter to Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol, who threw caution to the wind, put on their tribal best, and tied the knot on April 6, in South African town of KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal.
The 27-year-olds married in front of 200 guests. They plan to have a smaller ceremony in Johannesburg later this year. The two have been dating for three years and are both supported by their parents. Family is very important to both of them and they plan to have children through a surrogate.
Tshepo Modisane believes that being gay is as normal to his culture as being black in Africa.
“‘There is an idea that being gay is against being African, but being gay is as African as being black, so it’s part of our culture and we are rooted in our culture.'”
The mother of Thoba Sithol is happy about their union and supports them both.
“I am so happy and I have no worries and I’m so grateful for the gifts from the Modisanes.”
As a part of their traditions, a cow was sacrificed and gifts given from one family to the other.
See more of the pictures from the ceremony here and read more about the families. See part of the wedding and meet the couple in the video below.