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While a growing number of younger South Koreans are starting to accept homosexuality in their country, the majority of Koreans still consider it to be a taboo subject in a conservative society where traditional values are still considered important.
SEOUL: Slightly more than a decade ago, South Koreans did not even acknowledge the existence of homosexuality in their country, and many thought it was a disease that was infecting other countries.
That mentality has pretty much been transformed these days although many still frown upon it when pushed to consider the idea of same-sex marriage.
That still did not stop two determined men from tying the knot -- the first gay marriage in the country.
Changing the lyrics to an original Korean song, film director Kim Jho Gwang Soo sang about what his life has been like since discovering that he was gay at the age of 15.
After a nine-year relationship with his partner Kim Seung Hwan, the two decided to tie the knot in an open public wedding that lasted for about two hours.
However, not everyone was happy that the wedding took place.
A handful of Christians were there to protest the event, and one man even rushed the stage, proclaiming that homosexuality is a sin and it destroys families and societies.
Compared to a decade ago, a growing number of younger Koreans are starting to accept homosexuality in their country.
Yet, in this conservative society where traditional values are still considered important, the majority of Koreans still consider it to be a taboo subject.
As with many other countries, the whole topic of homosexuality is in a kind of limbo in South Korea.
While it is not illegal here, the government does not recognize same-sex marriage.
Some South Korean lawmakers have tried to pass an anti-discrimination law that would embrace gay rights but according to Yonhap news agency, this was difficult because there are so many conservative Christian legislators who oppose recognition.
Kim and his partner are seeking to have their marriage legally registered, and they plan to file a lawsuit with the country's Constitutional Court if this is not allowed.