Russia: Same-sex couple allowed to marry in St Petersburg
Same-sex marriage remains banned in Russia, but the registrars found themselves with an unexpected legal dilemma – as Ms Shumilova is transsexual, and is is legally treated as male.
Ms Shumilova – who prefers to use the term transsexual instead of transgender – has lived as female for several years and is on hormone therapy, but is still treated as a man by the state.
So, under Russian law, this is still a male-female marriage.
Is this really a "same-sex" couple, per the headline? In Russia such a marriage remains impossible.