A Russian couple has discovered a loophole for gay marriage in Russia and become the first gay couple to legally become married. If married overseas, the marriage will be legally recognised by Russia if the couple is not directly related or has previously been registered.

Pavel Stotsko and Yevgeny Voytsekhovsky tied the knot in Copenhagen, where gay marriage is legal, earlier this month, before asking Russian officials to recognize their marriage certificate.

The couple’s joy, however, could be short lived. After news of the story broke, Russia’s Interior Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk told RT that Voytsekhovsky and Stotsko’s passports have since been listed as invalid in a federal database. Meanwhile, the customs official who “committed violations of Russian legislation and her direct supervisor will be dismissed from law enforcement agencies,” she said.

At present, Russia does not recognize same-sex marriages or other forms of civil unions for same-sex couples.

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A Russian couple has discovered a loophole for gay marriage in Russia and become the first gay couple to legally become married. If married overseas, the marriage will be legally recognised by Russia if the couple is not directly related or has previously been registered. Pavel Stotsko and Yevgeny...