21 February 2007

Carrying a white wedding a step too far

Three brides-to-be in Sint Niklaas, Belgium, were looking forward to white weddings. Unfortunately, the town registrar was ... well ... black, so the three called off the ceremonies.

The registrar and deputy mayor, Wouter Van Bellingen, Belgian-born son of Rwandan parents, is not however short of business. Hundreds of couples from across Europe have called wanting him to marry them, and he is planning a wedding festival in the town square for March 21st, international anti-racism day.

In Canada, some registrars balk at marrying the "wrong" couples. In Belgium, some couples balk at being married by the "wrong" registrar. Bigotry can get you coming and going.

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