Russian 'Two Bride' Marriage
Two brides wed in Moscow earlier this month, with teeth-grinding authorities unable to prevent it despite a ban on same-sex marriage — because one of the brides was a man.Can't tell which is which.
The young couple sent shockwaves rippling through conservative circles across the nation when they both appeared for a wedding donning white floor-length gowns.
But one of them is legally a man who claims on his page on Russian social network Vkontakte that "psychologically," he is "a girl."
The groom, who uses the moniker Alina Davis, said that civil registry officials spent 15 minutes chiding him and his then-future wife, identified as Allison Brooks, ahead of the ceremony.
"She called us the shame of the family and said we need medical treatment … I was afraid my pussycat [an affectionate pet name in Russian] would beat the [expletive] out of her," Davis wrote on his Vkontakte page.
But the couple — each of whom refers to the other as "pussycat" — were eventually allowed to sign the papers, declaring them man and wife.