Ngeo Boon Lin made headlines awhile back as the being the first
Malaysian Christian priest who also happens to be openly gay. In 2011,
he married his musical producer partner Phineas Newborn III in New York
after it was legalized. He then decided to celebrate the wedding
reception back home in Malaysia.
Ngeo's trip back to Malaysia was about a month after Prime Minister Najib Razak said in in a speech that gay, lesbian and transsexual behavior was part of a "deviant culture" that should "not have any place in this country."
Not surprisingly, news of the reception raised more than a few eyebrows among conservatives back in his home country, which implements an archaic law that prescribes a 20-year prison sentences for sodomy even if it's consensual.
A Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, implied that Malaysians of all races should protest en masse the practice of same sex marriages as it will erode the family institution.
In light of all the criticism, Ngeo's partner said they were glad they held it in Malaysia. "We're thankful to be able to make Malaysian history here," he reportedly said.