Months after Delhi High issued a notice to the Centre on a petition seeking legal recognition for same-sex marriages under the Citizenship Act, the Special Marriage Act and the Foreign Marriage Act, a gay couple in Telangana exchanged rings and vows in a private ceremony held at the outskirts of the city with close to 60 family and close friends.
The state for the first time witnessed a rare feat with two bold young men coming out and getting hitched. Hyderabad-based hotel management school lecture Supriyo Chakraborty along with his partner Abhay Dang came out to the media paving paths for many queer couples in the Telugu states in November.
Although no marital rituals or formalities were involved, the couple brought together the Bengali and Punjabi traditions. The couple who celebrated the 8-year-long relation met through an online dating app and confronted their relationship with respective families who accepted them.
“When it becomes legal, we will register their marriage. As of now, we had a wedding but not a marriage, which is to say we have made it official with the blessings of their family and friends, but not the law,” said the 31-year-old Supriyo. The couple in an interview before the wedding stated that more awareness needs to be created about LGBT marriages in the country.