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Transgender couple wed in Hungary amid LGBT hostility

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag pose for a picture after their wedding in Polgardi, Hungary, November 6, 2020. The wedding of the Hungarian transgender couple looked just like any other, with the nervous pair dressing up and heading off to the rural Hungarian courtroom where their marriage would be sealed.

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Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag pose for a picture after their wedding in Polgardi, Hungary, November 6, 2020. The wedding of the Hungarian transgender couple looked just like any other, with the nervous pair dressing up and heading off to the rural...more

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag pose for a picture after their wedding in Polgardi, Hungary, November 6, 2020. The wedding of the Hungarian transgender couple looked just like any other, with the nervous pair dressing up and heading off to the rural Hungarian courtroom where their marriage would be sealed. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag prepare for their wedding at home. In the world of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, this was special as Orban, increasingly hostile to LGBTQ people, has outlawed legal recognition of transgender identity. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag prepare for their wedding at home. In the world of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, this was special as Orban, increasingly hostile to LGBTQ people, has outlawed legal recognition of transgender identity....more

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag prepare for their wedding at home. In the world of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, this was special as Orban, increasingly hostile to LGBTQ people, has outlawed legal recognition of transgender identity. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Ironically, that made the wedding possible, as Tamara Csillag was stuck with male documents while Elvira Angyal  (pictured) had already completed her transition and had the documents to prove it.

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Ironically, that made the wedding possible, as Tamara Csillag was stuck with male documents while Elvira Angyal (pictured) had already completed her transition and had the documents to prove it. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Ironically, that made the wedding possible, as Tamara Csillag was stuck with male documents while Elvira Angyal (pictured) had already completed her transition and had the documents to prove it. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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"Our dream has come true. We are so happy to have received an official seal on our relationship," Angyal said after the ceremony at city hall, holding hands with her new wife. She kissed her and said: "I love you." "I love you back," Csillag said.

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"Our dream has come true. We are so happy to have received an official seal on our relationship," Angyal said after the ceremony at city hall, holding hands with her new wife. She kissed her and said: "I love you." "I love you back," Csillag...more

"Our dream has come true. We are so happy to have received an official seal on our relationship," Angyal said after the ceremony at city hall, holding hands with her new wife. She kissed her and said: "I love you." "I love you back," Csillag said. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Theirs was far from a smooth journey. Both had families as men before coming out to live as women. Of seven children between them, only one, Angyal's son Patrik, was present. "One of the biggest joys in life is to see your parents happy," Patrik said.

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Theirs was far from a smooth journey. Both had families as men before coming out to live as women. Of seven children between them, only one, Angyal's son Patrik, was present. "One of the biggest joys in life is to see your parents happy," Patrik...more

Theirs was far from a smooth journey. Both had families as men before coming out to live as women. Of seven children between them, only one, Angyal's son Patrik, was present. "One of the biggest joys in life is to see your parents happy," Patrik said. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal prepares for her wedding at home. Rights groups say Orban and his political allies, the small Christian Democratic party KDNP, have targeted the gay community since he won a third term in 2018. "For a decade the government has waged a systematic campaign against LGBTQ people," said Luca Dudits of the Hatter rights group. "This contradicts European norms and general human rights."

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Elvira Angyal prepares for her wedding at home. Rights groups say Orban and his political allies, the small Christian Democratic party KDNP, have targeted the gay community since he won a third term in 2018. "For a decade the government has waged a...more

Elvira Angyal prepares for her wedding at home. Rights groups say Orban and his political allies, the small Christian Democratic party KDNP, have targeted the gay community since he won a third term in 2018. "For a decade the government has waged a systematic campaign against LGBTQ people," said Luca Dudits of the Hatter rights group. "This contradicts European norms and general human rights." REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal and her son Patrik prepare for the wedding at home. The wedding came one day after Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen renewed homophobic attacks with a proposal to enshrine in the country's constitution a ban on "gender propaganda." "They should not be called family, because that is a sacred notion," Semjen said. "They should not adopt children, because children's right to healthy development is stronger than homosexual couples' need for a child."

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Elvira Angyal and her son Patrik prepare for the wedding at home. The wedding came one day after Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen renewed homophobic attacks with a proposal to enshrine in the country's constitution a ban on "gender propaganda."...more

Elvira Angyal and her son Patrik prepare for the wedding at home. The wedding came one day after Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen renewed homophobic attacks with a proposal to enshrine in the country's constitution a ban on "gender propaganda." "They should not be called family, because that is a sacred notion," Semjen said. "They should not adopt children, because children's right to healthy development is stronger than homosexual couples' need for a child." REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Tamara Csillag prepares for her wedding at home. Csillag said she was confident enough for such legal moves and propaganda not to shake her. "What harms children is what the government does," she said. "The next generation might indeed grow up haters. They will hate us even as they won't know why."

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Tamara Csillag prepares for her wedding at home. Csillag said she was confident enough for such legal moves and propaganda not to shake her. "What harms children is what the government does," she said. "The next generation might indeed grow up...more

Tamara Csillag prepares for her wedding at home. Csillag said she was confident enough for such legal moves and propaganda not to shake her. "What harms children is what the government does," she said. "The next generation might indeed grow up haters. They will hate us even as they won't know why." REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Tamara Csillag prepares for her wedding at home in Polgardi. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Tamara Csillag prepares for her wedding at home in Polgardi. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Tamara Csillag prepares for her wedding at home in Polgardi. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Tamara Csillag prepares for her wedding at home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Tamara Csillag prepares for her wedding at home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Tamara Csillag prepares for her wedding at home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag celebrate their wedding at city hall. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag celebrate their wedding at city hall. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag celebrate their wedding at city hall. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag pose for a picture after their wedding. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag pose for a picture after their wedding. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag pose for a picture after their wedding. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag hug before their wedding. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag hug before their wedding. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag hug before their wedding. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Tamara Csillag hugs her dog in her home in Polgardi, June 10, 2020. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Tamara Csillag hugs her dog in her home in Polgardi, June 10, 2020. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Tamara Csillag hugs her dog in her home in Polgardi, June 10, 2020. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag eat lunch in their home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag eat lunch in their home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag eat lunch in their home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal brushes her wig at home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal brushes her wig at home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal brushes her wig at home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal does her makeup. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal does her makeup. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal does her makeup. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag poses for a picture. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag poses for a picture. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag poses for a picture. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal puts an earring at home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal puts an earring at home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal puts an earring at home. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Tamara Csillag feeds her cats. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Tamara Csillag feeds her cats. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Tamara Csillag feeds her cats. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag wait in a pub in Polgardi. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag wait in a pub in Polgardi. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag wait in a pub in Polgardi. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag sit outside a pub in Polgardi. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag sit outside a pub in Polgardi. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Elvira Angyal and Tamara Csillag sit outside a pub in Polgardi. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Tamara Csillag and Elvira Angyal hug in their garden. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Tamara Csillag and Elvira Angyal hug in their garden. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Tamara Csillag and Elvira Angyal hug in their garden. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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