Gay couples ‘marry’ with parents’ approval, hawan and priests

By Mansi Choksi. Published in The Times of India on May 10, 2009.

Swami Bodhananda (far right) conducted Aditya and Michael’s ‘wedding.’ (Credit: Times of India)

MUMBAI–Last week, Durban-based sales adviser Joe Singh and his partner Wesley Nolan solemnized their relationship at a ceremony where a Hindu priest officiated. In the Singh living room, Wesley tied a necklace with a Ganesha pendant around Joe’s neck. The couple, now honeymooning in Mauritius, chose the Ganesha instead of garlands because both of them are “staunch Hindus” and wanted the Elephant God to “ward off evil and remove obstacles from their path.”

The grooms had sent out shimmering wedding invitations weeks in advance, had hand-embroidered shervanis shipped all the way from India…

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