Heng Yirui and Li Huanwu – son of the late premier’s son, Lee Hsien Yang –confirmed their South Africa nuptials in an interview, saying: “Today would have been unimaginable to us growing up. We are overjoyed to share this occasion in the glowing company of friends and family.”
South Africa legalised same-sex marriages in 2006, and has been a leading destination for gay weddings.
Li’s matrimony comes just a week after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.
Homosexual relationships are not recognised in Singapore, and homosexual activity is illegal under Section 377A of the republic’s Penal Code.
Nevertheless, news of Li tying the knot – which was picked up by Singapore’s independent portals, but steered clear of by the country’s mainstream media – has elicited a largely positive reaction across Asia.
From Facebook to WeChat, from China to Singapore, messages of support drowned out expressions of disdain and disapproval over the wedding, with many expressing hope that Li’s marriage heralds a new era for the LGBT community in the city state – and across the region.
Li’s own father, Hsien Yang, expressed his delight over the occasion to the South China Morning Post.
Li came out as gay and went public with his relationship with Heng in early 2018.