Marios Frixou and Fanos Eleftheriades
tied the knot this week in Cyprus, making their union one for the
The couple's ceremony, replete with all
the trappings of a traditional Cypriot wedding, was the first public
gay wedding to take place on the island nation.
An anonymous couple broke in the
nation's new civil unions law month.
Frixou told the AP that they decided on
a public wedding to encourage others to live openly.
“We wanted to give courage to other
couples and to all gay and transgender people to accept themselves
and not to be ashamed of who they are,” he said. “We've gotten
scores of messages from people telling us how much courage we've
Hundreds of people attended the