Pictures: First Same-sex Gay Marriage held in Manipur, India
Two men – Sandeep Soibam and Nikhil Sharma Hidangmayum from tiny Indian state of Manipur in Northeast India got married publicly in Imphal, the state capital on Thursday, March 25, 2010.
According to The Sangai Express, this is the first recorded case of gay marriage in Ma-nipur.
“From the legal perspectives, there is nothing wrong in the unique marriage. The Supreme Court issued a ruling last year which guaranteed that two individuals of the same sex may marry or live together,” the source added.
Imphal Free Press reported that the bride Nikhil is a talented and successful professionally beautician and the bridegroom Sandeep assists Nikhil. They will not live in either of their parental home, but in the beauty parlour that Nikhil runs.
The ceremony was organized outwardly in the traditional Western style, although in substance it was not a Christian marriage, it added.
Though the law of the land per-mits gay marriage but whether culture, social ethics approve it or not is remains to be seen.
- Imphal Free Press – Gay couple take bold step to tie nuptial knot
- The Sangai Express – Gay marriage solemnised in State
Religious affiliations of the people of Manipur State:
According to the 2001 census, Manipur has 2,388,634 (2.38 million) populations, of whom Hinduism is identified with 47% of the population, Christianity constitutes 34% of the population, while Muslims form about 8% of the population, about 11% of the population identified themselves with indigenous Sanamahi religion.
Read more about Manipur state from
- The official website of the state government of Manipur – www.manipur.nic.in
- E-Pao – The most comprehensive site about Manipur