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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 StokeS on March 1, 2015 at 1:05am
Comment by Dominique Fludd 1 hour ago
Love is love.

Cosigned! Nothing else as long as they're not hurting anyone. Big up to Mike Jones too. Let sense reign!
Comment by Andrea Badd on March 1, 2015 at 1:04am

the more the merrier

Comment by Dave on March 1, 2015 at 12:55am
Looks and sounds like a typical boy band to me.
Comment by GospelPan on March 1, 2015 at 12:51am
Soon folks will marrying their pets like that guy in Germany...its a perversion, though it's their choice.
Comment by Mike Jones on March 1, 2015 at 12:46am
Roots I agree. It's not them. Its the media that plasters all of this stuff up for the world to judge.
Comment by Andrea Badd on March 1, 2015 at 12:10am

hot!!!

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on March 1, 2015 at 12:03am
Great. They need to keep this private . We don't care
Comment by Mike Jones on February 28, 2015 at 11:46pm
Regardless of how we feel, they have the right to live as they choose. Is sad how so many people are quick to condemn every one to hell, as if they are THE CREATOR. If we don't like what others do, we should make sure that we don't do it, not pass judgement. None of us are without sin and our sins are no less than anyone else's. Those who son may be forgiven as we may be forgiven. They are not harming anyone.
Comment by Fang on February 28, 2015 at 11:28pm
The DEVIL in the midst. now americans are going to try and out do them.
Comment by Dominique Fludd on February 28, 2015 at 11:26pm
Love is love.

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