Old flame saves bride at Indonesia same-sex wedding

JAKARTA,  (Reuters) – An Indonesian family stopped a  wedding after discovering the groom was a woman, only for an  ex-boyfriend to save their blushes by stepping in to marry the  bride.

Family and guests gathered to read the Koran at the Islamic  ceremony in western Java, but the groom did not bring relatives  and suspicions were raised when “Rio” failed to show documents,  the Jakarta Globe newspaper reported on Wednesday.

“The suspicion became bigger as her heavy voice suddenly  changed into a female one,” the newspaper quoted local police  chief Krisnandi as saying, adding the groom had a male physique  and had known bride Nuraini for seven months.

“The family finally got Kiman, the ex-boyfriend, as the new  groom for Nuraini in order to save face in front of their  guests,” Krisnandi said.

Homosexuality is not illegal in the world’s most populous  Muslim country, though same-sex marriages are not allowed.  Same-sex marriages became legal in New York earlier this month,  prompting hundreds of gay and lesbian couples to wed.

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