Belgium: ex-wife serves as best woman at hubby�s gay wedding

Ross von Metzke | October 18, 2005

BRUSSELS, Belgium — A Belgian woman offered up her services as �best woman� when her ex-husband married her hairdresser in a gay wedding. Tania Van Rysselberghe, 41, from Ghent, said her ex-husband, Guy Van Autreve, 40, and Danny Van der Heyden, 44, were like 'Ying and Yang.�

Guy and Dany had both been married to women for five years when they met, reports Belgian news-service Het Nieuwsblad. They say it was love at first sight but they kept their relationship a secret, meeting up while walking their dogs.

�I thought for a very long time they just were friends,� Van Rysselberghe explained. �It was only during a summer holiday in Spain with the other couple, I got suspicious. �And then Danny's wife phoned me after Danny confessed. At the beginning, I was furious. But then I learned to accept it.�

Van Rysselberghe said after she came to terms with the situation, she realized she wanted very much to be a part of this new union.

�I would have felt more ashamed if he had fallen in love with another woman,� Van Rysselberghe said. �I saw how happy he and Danny were. They were like Yin and Yang. That's why I wanted to be at his wedding as his best woman.� – Issued by Gay Link Content

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