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Malaysia’s Openly Gay Pastor To Marry American Partner In New York

Malaysia’s Openly Gay Pastor Ouyang Wen Feng will marry his partner Broadway producer Phineas Newborn III in New York city on Malaysia’s independence day August 31.

Reuters has the report:

Getting married on the upcoming anniversary of Malaysia’s independence day on August 31 holds special meaning for the country’s first openly gay pastor, who says he is seeking greater tolerance in this Muslim-majority country.

Ouyang Wen Feng co-founded a gay-friendly Christian church in the Southeast Asian nation’s capital in 2007 that has been condemned by conservative religious groups. Homosexuality is punishable in Malaysia by caning and up to 20 years jail.

The 41-year-old Ouyang says he will tie the knot with his American partner, Broadway producer Phineas Newborn III, 47, in a ceremony in New York, which last month became the sixth U.S. state to legalize gay marriages.

“We plan to register the marriage on Malaysia’s National Day on August 31, which means a lot to me,” said Ouyang.

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