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Gay couple married in US
feted at Malaysia banquet

In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 and released by Ngeo Boon Lin, Malaysian-born Ngeo Boon Lin, left, and his American partner Phineas Newborn III pour champagne during their wedding banquet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Gay pastor Ngeo who married his musical producer boyfriend Newborn III in New York last year has fulfilled a vow to hold a wedding banquet in his native Malaysia. The couple believes that Saturday’s reception was the first such event in the Muslim-majority country. (AP/Ngeo Boon Lin)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 and released by Ngeo Boon Lin, Malaysian-born Ngeo Boon Lin, left, and his American partner Phineas Newborn III pour champagne during their wedding banquet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Gay pastor Ngeo who married his musical producer boyfriend Newborn III in New York last year has fulfilled a vow to hold a wedding banquet in his native Malaysia. The couple believes that Saturday’s reception was the first such event in the Muslim-majority country. (AP/Ngeo Boon Lin)

A gay pastor who married his musical producer boyfriend in New York last year has fulfilled a vow to hold a wedding banquet in his native Malaysia. The couple believes that Saturday's reception was the first such event in the Muslim-majority country.

Malaysian-born Ngeo Boon Lin and African-American husband Phineas Newborn III quietly held the reception at a Chinese restaurant in Kuala Lumpur with about 200 guests, including a handful of journalists who were asked to hold their reports until afterward.

The couple risked the ire of a government that has declared that homosexuality has no place in Malaysian society.

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