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Image of Asia: Gay wedding in Beijing

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard overlooking a highway as the first batch of Hindu pilgrims leave for Amarnath Yatra, an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine from Jammu, India, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Security has been tightened for the visit to the shrine, situated in a mountain cave 4,115 meters (13,500 feet) above sea level. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

In this photo by Mark Schiefelbein, Li Tingting is lifted off the ground by her wife Teresa Xu in Beijing, where the two announced an informal marriage. The prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. There’s no broad social effort to legalize same-sex marriage in China. Still, Li says she and her wife were “doing the impossible when you know it’s impossible, but it takes those constant efforts to make changes in history.” Li and four other activists were detained in March and held for 37 days for their advocacy work.

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