Love is for everyone…
Amsterdam, August 2nd 2018 – Love is for everyone. Everyone should be able to celebrate love and confirm their partnership through marriage. In many European countries this isn’t possible yet. Love between people of the same sex has not been recognized by law in many European countries. HEMA – a Dutch retail chain – believes it is important to raise awareness about this. That’s why HEMA organized the HEMA Wedding yesterday. HEMA invited three European couples to come to Amsterdam during the PRIDE week, who are unable to marry in their home country because of the local marriage law. Together, they celebrated their symbolic marriage. During the HEMA wedding, HEMA showed that marriage should be possible for all. After all, love is for everyone.
‘’We had no hope that this would ever be possible, even as a symbolic act. Getting married today is a fulfillment of our commitment to each other’’. Says George, newlywed of (other) George from Romania.
HEMA took care of every detail, from the wedding bouquet to the wedding cake, from the rings to the wedding dress. The ceremony has been completed by marriage officiant Ina Poppen. Poppen has been closely involved with same sex marriages in The Netherlands, since the beginning in 2000. “I fully support the message of HEMA that love is for everyone and that everybody – regardless of gender, sexual orientation or origin – should be able to celebrate and confirm their love for each other. I am very happy and honoured that HEMA asked me to lead such a special ceremony,’’ comments Poppen.
Tjeerd Jegen, CEO of HEMA: “Something that has been possible for eighteen years in our country, is still not a reality in many European countries. Same sex couples are still not able to get married. We would like to give attention to this during this year’s PRIDE in Amsterdam, by organizing these special weddings. Because we believe that love is for everyone, no matter who you love”.
George & George (Romania)
Dimitar & Simeon (Bulgaria)
Ever since 1926, HEMA has been making daily life easier and more enjoyable for its customers. With products that stand out because of their good quality, attractive design and affordable prices. HEMA has over 750 stores in 9 countries, 19,000 employees and around 32,000 products and services.