A same-sex couple have finally been able to get married in Russia thanks to a legal loophole.
Sofia Grozovsky and Lynne Reid got married on Saturday 19 March at the Tagansky registry office in Moscow, with over 40 friends and family in attendance to celebrate the wedding and support them.
While they were initially refused entry, the registry office had no choice but to hand over the marriage certificate as Sofia – the bride in white – is legally regarded as male on her passport.
There were difficulties, however, as police were called to charge those involved with ‘hooliganism,’ and told friends and family to take off their rainbow accessories as it risked breaking the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law.
Protesters did agree to take down their flags but refused to remove their rainbow clothing unless the registry office handed over a marriage certificate.
Although family and friends were unable to witness the couple’s legal right to receive their certificate, rings were eventually exchanged in front of all the guests.
Lynne said: “We were going to wait until the day same-sex marriage became legal in Russia, but it is still extremely complicated for transgender people to change their documents.
“If the woman who I love has a passport that says she’s still a man, then it means there was nothing stopping us from doing this.
“I sincerely hope, in the process, any homophobes burst with impotent rage.”
You can watch a video of the moment below.