Photo shows Brian Davidson (R) and his male partner at the wedding held at the British ambassador's residence in Beijing on the morning of September 6, 2014. (Photo source: Brian Davidson's Sina Weibo)
Brian Davidson, the Uk's consul general to Shanghai, married his male partner at the British ambassador's residence in Beijing on the morning of September 6, 2014, which has attracted people's attention. After long-term efforts, same-sex marriage became legal in the UK this March.
"I'm very proud to have the right to choose my love to marry like other British people according to new British law. And this is a practical example that indicates UK respecting everyone's equal rights and interests," Brian Davidson wrote on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter, at 11:07 am, September 6. "For me, it means that we finally can stand in front of our families and friends (British, American and Chinese) to make the promise of sharing the rest of our lives together. It's really very important to both of us."
The Weibo post immediately attracted a large number of Chinese netizens' attention after it was published. By 3:00 pm that day, the post received over 1,000 comments, almost 3,000 shares and 1567 "likes", and most netizens expressed their congratulations and support to the new couple.
"Congratulations. I hope everyone can find the right one to share the rest of life with and not feel lonely anymore," one person wrote in an online comment.
Sebastian Wood, British Ambassador to China, also wrote on Sina Weibo, "Today I am very happy and proud to host the same-sex marriage of Brian Davidson at my residence. I wish them happiness forever."
According to files from the website of UK government, Brian Davidson took office as consul general to Shanghai in January, 2011.
Photo shows British Ambassador Sebastian Wood (M), Brian Davidson (R) and his male partner at the wedding held at the British ambassador’s residence in Beijing on the morning of September 6, 2014. (Photo source: Sebastian Wood's Sina Weibo)