Irina Shumilova and Alyona Fursova
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Russia anti-gay law: 'People think we're bad'

In Russia, same-sex marriage is not permitted, so when Irina Shumilova and Alyona Fursova married last month in St Petersburg - both in white dresses - it caused a scandal, with one local politician calling the marriage "disgusting" and calling on prosecutors to dissolve it.

The wedding was legally possible, because Irina's official documents still record her sex as male.

The couple plan to fight to preserve their marriage, even when Irina completes her gender change.

Sarah Rainsford went to meet the couple in their flat in St Petersburg.

  • 15 Dec 2014
  • From the section Europe
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