We live in a hypocritical, confusing society where we raise children to believe that people who love each other get married, but when they become adults, tell them that marriage is only a right for people of different biological sexes. One lesbian couple in Japan, where gay marriage is not recognized, is pushing back against this bigotry by planning to marry 26 times across the world in nations where same-sex marriage is legal. Their hope is to call attention to the nation’s policies and amplify a conversation about LGBTQ rights.

“I want to show through our wedding photos that being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) is normal so that those who are troubled by their sexual status can harbor hope,” Misato Kawasaki, 21, told Japanese outlet The Asahi Shimbun.

Photo of Misato Kawasaki and Mayu Otaki on their crowdfunding page. Caption translated by Google.
Screenshot: Faavo/Misato Kawasaki

Kawasaki wanted to ask her girlfriend, Mayu Otaki, 22, to marry her, but instead said: “Will you stay with me forever?”, as Japan does not recognize same-sex marriage.

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Otaki then suggested the “26-time marriage” project, a six-month tour through parts of Europe, Africa, North and South America between March and September where they will wed 26 times and interview local Japanese same-sex couples and officials about their rights and cultural attitudes in the area.

The two university students are seeking funds to cover costs for the trip. Upon their return, the outlet notes, they will share their findings and hope to create a company that offers wedding services for the LGBTQ community. Bon voyage to the two love birds!