Tokyo Disneyland Allows Gay Marriage Ceremonies

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Tokyo Disneyland Allows Gay Marriage Ceremonies

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Mickey Mouse doesn't care who you sleep with.

As Japan's legal definition of marriage is laid out in the nation's constitution in very specific "man and woman" terms, it seems unlikely the nation will allow gay couples to legally marry in the near future, but that hasn't stopped homosexual lovebirds from going through the ceremonies anyway.

When lesbian couple from Tokyo asked the staff at Disneyland Tokyo if they could hold a wedding ceremony at the theme park, they were told that since "ordinary customers are watching" one of the women would have to dress as the bridegroom.

The disappointed couple took to Twitter, and some angry ranting later, a resort operator contacted the ladies and told them they were free to "marry" in whatever attire they desired. They can not, however, exchange vows at the onsite chapel "because of Christian teaching."

According to ABS, the cost of a Cinderella's castle wedding at Tokyo Disneyland is a staggering 7.5 million yen - around $95,000 US. Mickey doesn't discriminate against the gay, but he certainly discriminates against the poor. Damn.

The couple went to Disneyland in person, where they met Mickey, money-grubbing rodent that he is, and thanked him personally.

"Mickey first looked surprised to hear that we are a 'couple of girls'," the ladies wrote on their blog. "But we said we were there to thank him because same-sex weddings can be held at the Disney Resort, and he celebrated with us."

Japan has been slow to change its laws to account for homosexual or transgendered couples, largely due to the nation's glacial approach to social issues, but some maintain that LGBT or queer lifestyles are accepted, but not discussed.

Disney resorts in the US have apparently been offering same-sex marriage ceremonies, regardless of their legality, since 2007.

Source: Huffington Post

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Why would you not offer these? For the tiny amount you may lose from people objecting to them, the enormous boon you get from people having just one wedding makes it pretty smart business sense. We've seen this with recent US states who received millions in extra revenue from 'gay marriage tourism'.

Japan...You so crazy Awesome...
/thread

Diablo1099:
Japan...You so crazy Awesome...
/thread

But HOW in the name of GOD are they allowed to do what is illegal in the rest of the country!?
Is Disney really that powerful?

It's not illegal to perform a gay marriage ceremony, it just isn't recognized and has no legal meaning.

Grey Carter:

Diablo1099:
Japan...You so crazy Awesome...
/thread

But HOW in the name of GOD are they allowed to do what is illegal in the rest of the country!?
Is Disney really that powerful?

It's not illegal to perform a gay marriage ceremony, it just isn't recognized and has no legal meaning.

Ohhhhh...
God, this is why I don't post sleep lagged...
Cheers

Diablo1099:
But HOW in the name of GOD are they allowed to do what is illegal in the rest of the country!?
Is Disney really that powerful?

Well... they were the funding force behind that one movie that about 80% of all comic book fans have been dying to see for the last 30 years, nevermind that it actually worked and they profited from it immensely.

Besides, alot of things over there make little sense to us anyway. Such as Capcoms refusal to give me more Monster Hunter.

Amnestic:
Why would you not offer these? For the tiny amount you may lose from people objecting to them, the enormous boon you get from people having just one wedding makes it pretty smart business sense. We've seen this with recent US states who received millions in extra revenue from 'gay marriage tourism'.

Agreed. Though there may be more ethical motives for allowing these ceremonies, the fact is that there is immense economic incentive for Disneyland, as well.

Good show Disney :)

Grey Carter:

According to ABS, the cost of a Cinderella's castle wedding at Tokyo Disneyland is a staggering 7.5 million yen - around $95,000 US. Mickey doesn't discriminate against the gay, but he certainly discriminates against the poor. Damn.

What I really wanted to ask about is the price. 95k US does sound like a lot, but not being from the US and not being married, I have no idea. Could a US escapist shed some light on this? And yes, I know you can get married for nothing or for a million dollars, I was wondering about the cost of an "average" wedding.

what? one of the iconic figures of conservatism is doing what?
whats going on? who touched the buttons on this machine...

Me reading the japanese in the picture: "Arigatou mikkii. What the fuck is mikkii? I've never heard that word before. What the fuck does it...oh wait. I'm an idiot"

The real question is, what Disney princesses are they going to dress up as for the ceremony?

And if they don't, I move that they be disallowed from having the ceremony there on the grounds of missing an opportunity to have pictures of Jasmine and Ariel making out, crushing the dreams of perverts everywhere >:(

They asked to be married there...Disney said 'Okay, but you have to dress this way', then they complained until Disney finally let them do it their way.

That's kind of bitchy. It isn't enough that they're willing to do it at all?

Good for Disneyland Tokyo. It's nice to see a place take hold it's ideals and morale's, then make them laws. (or least have a ceremony) If only the rest of the world could do that too..

Oh wait... they are, eh??

Damn the majority!! Minorities should make the laws!

lolz

I never realised this sort of thing was an issue in Japan. In a very selfish way it makes me glad that religion isn't the sole cause of this and it's just people being small-minded and change averse the world over, but in a larger sense it would have been better for that not to happen and have more happy people in the world.

Still it means that this is something we can change if we fight enough, like every other cultural shift, odd that Disneyland is going to lead the way :D

Mickey: I WILL NOT STAND FOR UNIONS! No matter how Civil they are!

rhizhim:
what? one of the iconic figures of conservatism is doing what?
whats going on? who touched the buttons on this machine...

Its the Jews and communists Disney had a grudge against, otherwise his only demand was "You WILL have a good time!"

DVS BSTrD:
Mickey: I WILL NOT STAND FOR UNIONS! No matter how Civil they are!

rhizhim:
what? one of the iconic figures of conservatism is doing what?
whats going on? who touched the buttons on this machine...

Its the Jews and communists Disney had a grudge against, otherwise his only demand was "You WILL have a good time!"

My proud Jewcomunist heritage finds that offensive.

Well, good for them. And Disneyland is certainly a great place for a wedding... even if they just want the money...

Kopikatsu:
They asked to be married there...Disney said 'Okay, but you have to dress this way', then they complained until Disney finally let them do it their way.

That's kind of bitchy. It isn't enough that they're willing to do it at all?

Well, if it were as simple as Disney saying "you have to dress this way", it would be. What Disney actually seem to have said is "OK, we'll allow you two women to marry in our park, as long as one of you pretends to be a man for the sake of decency". Because there's nothing wrong with a same-sex couple, as long as they try as hard as possible to look like they aren't a same-sex couple.

OT: This story is madness. Utter madness. Why would anyone want to get married at a goddamn Disneyland? I have never, and I do mean never, been to a more disturbing and depressing place in my life. And I've visted Portsmouth!

Tokyo Disneyland, further proving that Japan is weird. It does seem like a nice place for a party though
"the cost of a Cinderella's castle wedding at Tokyo Disneyland is a staggering 7.5 million yen - around $95,000 US. Mickey doesn't discriminate against the gay, but he certainly discriminates against the poor. Damn."
If I was rich

Pretty costly, but nice anyway, even if the strange rules regarding vows and whatnot (and the initial response regarding "traditional clothing") leave a bit of a bad aftertaste. Overall, though: Good on Disney.

Sourman:
Good show Disney :)

Grey Carter:

According to ABS, the cost of a Cinderella's castle wedding at Tokyo Disneyland is a staggering 7.5 million yen - around $95,000 US. Mickey doesn't discriminate against the gay, but he certainly discriminates against the poor. Damn.

What I really wanted to ask about is the price. 95k US does sound like a lot, but not being from the US and not being married, I have no idea. Could a US escapist shed some light on this? And yes, I know you can get married for nothing or for a million dollars, I was wondering about the cost of an "average" wedding.

from what I could find average is around 19000- over 25000 so this was pretty costly too but the average includes stuff like caterers servers djs and all that you don't really need some of that but it's up to you and the partner what you want and don't want
O.T. good to hear the happiest place on earth is happy to everyone

And now to harness the power from Disney spinning in his nazi sympathizing grave.

Also yay Tokyo Disneyland.

You'd think that with all the weird shit that comes out of Japan's media that they'd be more accepting. Oh well. Oppressive societies lead to repressed individuals. Repressed individuals lead to madness. Madness leads to creative explosions. Creative explosions... lead to suffering.

I'm sure if I offered a hundy grand to get a golden shower from Minnie Mouse, they would oblige.

My point is money talks.

SonicWaffle:

OT: This story is madness. Utter madness. Why would anyone want to get married at a goddamn Disneyland? I have never, and I do mean never, been to a more disturbing and depressing place in my life. And I've visted Portsmouth!

*shrug* I remember the story of the couple which got married in the shadow of Japan's 1:1 scale RX-78-2 Gundam.

Which was awesome by the way.

People get married in weird places, that's just life ;p

Took a whole lotta tryin'
Just to get up that hill.
Now we're up in the big leagues
Gettin' our turn at bat.
As long as we live, it's you and me baby
There ain't nothin wrong with that.

I'm not meaning to judge by saying this, just stating a fact:

Japan also allows people to marry their anime-character pillows and girls from dating sim games.

That is all. :P

RJ 17:
I'm not meaning to judge by saying this, just stating a fact:

Japan also allows people to marry their anime-character pillows and girls from dating sim games.

That is all. :P

You'd think they'd be more willing with real people.

Sober Thal:
Good for Disneyland Tokyo. It's nice to see a place take hold it's ideals and morale's, then make them laws. (or least have a ceremony) If only the rest of the world could do that too..

Oh wait... they are, eh??

Damn the majority!! Minorities should make the laws!

lolz

I... what? You're not sober at all!

Kopikatsu:
They asked to be married there...Disney said 'Okay, but you have to dress this way', then they complained until Disney finally let them do it their way.

That's kind of bitchy. It isn't enough that they're willing to do it at all?

Yes, it is incredibly bitchy to be able to wear what you want at your own wedding that you are paying a large sum of money for.

I've seen female dogs with less bitch in their swagga.

OT: Doesn't surprise me, the bunch of hippies; they let Donald Duck expose himself out in public for years.

RJ 17:
I'm not meaning to judge by saying this, just stating a fact:

Japan also allows people to marry their anime-character pillows and girls from dating sim games.

That is all. :P

You can get "married" to whoever or whatever you want, but that doesn't mean the government will recognize it.

Amnestic:
Why would you not offer these? For the tiny amount you may lose from people objecting to them, the enormous boon you get from people having just one wedding makes it pretty smart business sense. We've seen this with recent US states who received millions in extra revenue from 'gay marriage tourism'.

Thing is, in Japan all you need to be legally recognized as married is for you and your partner to sign some paperwork. Everything else is either tradition, or an excuse to throw a party, and not as many people are into that part these days. You'd be needing more focus on the tourism part of 'gay marriage tourism' in order to consistently make money off of that.

That being said, yeah. They should still do that. No one is going to go all the way to Japan to get married and NOT tourist around for a honeymoon.

Disneyland Tokyo: It's more progressive than North Carolina!

Kopikatsu:
They asked to be married there...Disney said 'Okay, but you have to dress this way', then they complained until Disney finally let them do it their way.

That's kind of bitchy. It isn't enough that they're willing to do it at all?

so basically you think its perfectly fine to hid the fact that your gay for a ceremony celebrating the fact that they are a same sex couple?

they're not being bitchy, they're being offended! To say that you have to pretend to be straight to get what you want is an extremely homophobic remark on disneyland's part. and it was good to hear that they let them get married in the end.

Also, if you pay 7.5 million yen/$95000 US for a wedding you should be able to set whatever rules you want.

Disneyland: The Gayest Place on Earth.

See what I did there?

that's pretty cool, yet kinda sad at the same time. a theme park is more progressive then the government of the country it's located in.... wow.

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