WATCH: Gay Marriage Proposal on Beijing Subway
A viral video showing a young man proposing to his male partner on a busy Beijing subway has attracted thousands of comments debating same-sex marriage rights – and is moving the conversation about marriage equality forward.
“As usual, I was taking the subway home, but contrary to what I was expecting, I encountered a couple’s love,” said the video’s uploader.
“I think this is really incredible.”
The video shows a man kneeling beside his partner, saying how he invites both people he knows and doesn’t know to bear witness to his proposal. “I’ll be loving you for the rest of my life,” he told him.
Passengers react in various ways, with some saying “kiss him, kiss him” and others calling them “disgusting” or “sinful”.
The man’s partner says “yes” and his now-fiancé gives him a watch. The subway carriage erupts into loud applause.
The video was uploaded to Chinese social media giant Weibo, where it got several thousand views and shares, plus hundreds of comments.
The viral video shows how attitudes to same-sex partnerships are changing in China, especially among youth. There were still a few negative comments, but the wave of support for the couple was clear, and brilliant to see.