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They look like a new boy band... but it's the world's first THREE-WAY same-sex marriage: Gay Thai men tie the knot in 'fairytale ceremony'

Pictured from left to right, Joke, Art and Bell said many people accepted and understood their situation

  • Three men have tied the knot in world's first three-way same-sex marriage
  • Gay Thai men Joke, Bell and Art took the plunge on Valentine's Day
  • The trio wed under Buddhist law due to Thailand's marriage restrictions
  • Bell said: 'We believe many people do understand and accept our choice'

Three gay men from Thailand have tied the knot in what is thought to be the world's first three-way same-sex marriage.

Happy newlyweds Joke, 29, Bell, 21 and Art, 26, took the plunge on Valentine's Day after exchanging their vows in a fairy-tale ceremony at their home in Uthai Thani Province, Thailand.

The three blushing grooms are thought to be the world's only wedded male threesome and have since become internet sensations after photos from their big day went viral.

Bell, Art and Joke pictured together after tying the knot in the world's first three-way same-sex marriage

Bell, Art and Joke pictured together after tying the knot in the world's first three-way same-sex marriage

The newlyweds took the plunge on Valentines Day when they exchanged vows in Uthai Thani, Thailand

The newlyweds took the plunge on Valentines Day when they exchanged vows in Uthai Thani, Thailand

The trio consummated their love under Buddhist law in the ceremony as same-sex marriages are not recognised as legitimate under Thai law

The trio consummated their love under Buddhist law in the ceremony as same-sex marriages are not recognised as legitimate under Thai law

In what they described as the happiest day of their lives, the three men were suited and booted for the ceremony in which they exchanged rings after walking down the aisle.

Bell, From Phitsanulok Province, said: 'I think we are first three-way same sex males to have a wedding, possibly in the world.

'Some people may not agree and are probably amazed by our decision, but we believe many people do understand and accept our choice. Love is love, after all.'

Although same-sex marriages are not recognised as legitimate under Thai law, the trio were able to consummate their love under Buddhist law in the symbolic ceremony.

Art, from Chiang Mai Province, met Joke, from Uthai Thani Province, through business and started a relationship after realising their love for each other while working closely together in 2010.

Both men knew they were gay before they met and have been living together for the past five years.

Meanwhile Bell, who was studying management at Phitsanuloke University, frequently met the couple at parties before the three men realised they all started to have feelings for each other.

But after Bell was hospitalised with a congenital disease, the threesome became inseparable leading Joke and Art to propose the idea of a three-way marriage.

The only condition was that Joke and Art must ask Bell's parents for his hand in marriage.

Art said: 'When Bell was in hospital, it became clear that we all had a lot of feelings for each other.

The newlyweds pose for a photograph on their wedding day after falling in love during their time at university

The newlyweds pose for a photograph on their wedding day after falling in love during their time at university

Pictured from left to right, Joke, Art and Bell said many people accepted and understood their situation

Pictured from left to right, Joke, Art and Bell said many people accepted and understood their situation

'We thought what better way to show our love for each other by getting married.

'It might seem strange to some, but many people understand our bond and the reasons we got married.

In Thailand, same-sex unions are not legally binding, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons may face legal challenges on their sexual freedoms as same-sex couples are still frowned upon.

However, more LGBT rights are applicable than ever before in the country, one of the most tolerant countries in Asia, with religious groups declaring their support for civil marriages between gay and lesbian couples.

Joke, Bell and Art were joined together under Buddhist Law in a ceremony that was not legally registered.

The ceremony included the traditional exchange of vows in which the trio declared their love for each other, and in doing so, agreed to share their home and responsibilities.

The three men believe same-sex marriages are just as valid as any other legally sanctioned ceremony

The three men believe same-sex marriages are just as valid as any other legally sanctioned ceremony

According to Joke, same-sex marriages are just as valid as any legally sanctioned ceremony and are treated as such.

He said: 'Now Thai society has a better understanding of sexual orientation as many same-sex weddings appear on TV, newspapers and social media, we feel more accepted and able to come out.

'But I don't believe the world has ever seen three men marry before, this is something new.

'Most people all around us can accept that and many people have given us their blessing.

'We love each other and live together like brothers; hopefully this is something the world can understand in the 21st century.'

 

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Comment by Bombahdrop on March 5, 2015 at 12:19am
Thanks Lucky. I cosign on the "tormented soul" comment. You're right. Good night and Goodnight 2 u StokeS
Comment by StokeS on March 4, 2015 at 9:37pm


In the same matter that the whites who stood side by side in support and risked their very lives with blacks during the civil rights movement were clearly trying themselves to be black. Or maybe they were blacks on the down low?
One's coming to the defence of a human being's rights is NEVER wrong unless that human is causing harm to another. I have no right to tell these men that their sexuality or choices are wrong for them simply because they're wrong for me. For one to assume that position is an utter displayed complete arrogance. The absolute ignorant and idiotic rebuttal by most challenged minds is that if one is to defend one's right to live their life as they choose (again without bringing harm to others) then one must live the same life. Really? It's both asinine and unwarranted.
It would be likened to saying that because you've defended Mz Bombahdrop then you must be as clueless and hopelessly idiotic as she is. But I dare not assume that for I do not know you as you do not know me. Now back to work and have a GREAT day! ;)
Comment by StokeS on March 4, 2015 at 5:10pm

*Awaits thoughtless and senseless rebuttals...

Comment by StokeS on March 4, 2015 at 5:00pm

Comment by StokeS on March 4, 2015 at 4:55pm
Sanity: priceless
Comment by Bombahdrop on March 4, 2015 at 12:44pm

What makes me wonder is how someone can say the Bible is a lie when it comes to this abomination. it clearly says its an abomination and total confusion so if anyone goes against that then clearly you are part of that problem because you see nothing wrong with same sex. THAT IS PUNSHIBLE BY GOD. I LEAVE IT ALL IN HIS HANDS , WONT EVEN BREAK A SWEAT CAUSE I KNOW GOD GOT THIS AT THE END. SO ENJOY YOUR FREE WILL OF HEADING DOWN THE WRONG PATH AND DISREGARDING WHAT IT SAYS IN THE HOLY BIBLE.

Comment by Bombahdrop on March 4, 2015 at 12:40pm

I'll tell you whats a woman, This earth. This earth will spit out her inhabitance out from this land when the devil who I believe is your father Stokes comes for all of you people who have turned their backs on the only person that can save you from the devil and the depths of hell.

Comment by Bombahdrop on March 4, 2015 at 12:36pm

@StokeS I hate responding to your ignorance but I have to say to you that my God is all of our God, he is your Father too whether you like it or not. He is the King of ALL Kings.  It really shows how much you know about God or the word of God to even rationalize that he could be a woman. Everything is clear in the Bible God is a Man. It don't matter how much someone including myself tries to school you because you are deaf and blind so that being said, read your bible the answers are all there for you if you keep an open mind and open up your heart and receive the word for it is good for the soul.

Comment by Alex Michel on March 4, 2015 at 12:47am
Fuckboi show...no thanx
Comment by Elaine Matthews on March 3, 2015 at 2:07pm
Too many damn f*** !!! Next they marrying dogs cats and lizards...

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