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Tue 16 Aug, 2011
By Sam Bristowe

The Reverend Ouyang Wen Feng told The Associated Press that he hopes more Malaysians will "speak up for gay people"

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A GAY Malaysian pastor who plans to marry his American partner in New York has pledged to throw a wedding banquet in his home country despite the disapproval of Muslim politicians.

The Reverend Ouyang Wen Feng told The Associated Press that he hopes more Malaysians will "speak up for gay people".

Several government leaders and state-linked media in Muslim-majority Malaysia have criticised Ouyang in recent days.

Islamic Affairs Minister Jamil Khir Baharom said authorities were concerned that Ouyang was advocating "extremism".

Ouyang said in an email to the AP that he plans to "have a wedding banquet in Kuala Lumpur next year".

He moved to the United States in 1998 to study theology. He was ordained a minister four years ago.

Source: AAP


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