India’s First Gay Wedding

India’s First Gay Wedding

India’s first gay marriage took place between, 40-year-old Hrishi Sathawane, an NRI techie, and his Vietnamese partner Vinh in a traditional Maharashtrian Vedic wedding in Yavatmal.

California-based Hrishi, an IIT-Bombay graduate, met Vinh through an online dating website.

They got married on 30 December, days before the Supreme Court decided to review IPC Section-377, which criminalizes homosexuality.


According to the report, police and the hotel staff, where the wedding took place, turned a blind eye, because of the ambiguity in marriage laws in India. The couple got married at a hotel a little distance away from the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP).

The wedding ceremonies were held with the blessing and well wishes from his friends and family. Although earlier engineer’s parents were against his homosexual affiliation, but he later succeeded in convincing them for his marriage.


Hrishi had come out to his parents in 1997. His parents were initially worried that their son being gay would tarnish their respect in the society. However, with Hrishi and his sister’s persuasion, they came around and accepted him five years later. What’s more, they also took part in the Gay Pride Parade that took place in San Francisco in 2007 to support him.

So when Hrishi told his parents about getting engaged to Vinh, his parents and sister celebrated it with a reception. The couple got married on December 30, 2017, and to Hrishi’s surprise, a lot of people attended his wedding and showed their support. Writing about this in a Facebook post, he said,

“Thanks to some of my relatives, school teachers, and other close family friends who came to celebrate this special day with us. Yavatmal is far more progressive than what one would imagine. This was just the tip of ice-burg. A lot many more supportive people could not make it to the function. Many others later mentioned they would have loved to attend but either did not know or did not get the invite. Overall the event was peaceful, and a celebration of two souls coming together to have a wonderful life ahead”

The couple is now back to the US in their home and they look forward to adopting kids as neither of them are inclined to have biological children.


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