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A Gay Couple Got Married In A Small Maharashtrian Wedding Then Attended Mumbai’s LGBT Pride March

The couple were in a relationship for four years, and decide to tie the knot to "better define their relationship, and strengthen their bond."

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Vaibhav and Milind told BuzzFeed India in an email that the ceremony was held at a friend's house in Jogeshwari, and that only close friends and a few family members who knew about them attended.

“A Sanskrit teacher conducted the ceremony in a traditional Marathi fashion," the couple told BuzzFeed India. "And all the ceremonies including Mehendi, Haldi, Sangeet were performed.”

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The couple, who are both originally from Mumbai, said, "We had been in a relationship for more than four years. Tying the knot provided a new definition to our love and made the bond between us stronger."

The couple told BuzzFeed India that their friends were very supportive, and took care of everything required for the ceremonies, including the shopping and decorations.

The couple faced a significant challenge in finding a Pandit willing to perform the ceremony. "Once we found one, he researched a lot and made the necessary changes in the mantras and the ceremonies to suit a man-man union," they said.

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They also said, "People are very supportive. We were overwhelmed by the positive response from friends, colleagues, and neighbours who found out about us through the newspapers."

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"We received a lot of phone calls, text messages, and messages on Facebook congratulating us. There were people who were not in contact found our numbers and congratulated us; ex-colleagues, students called up and messaged as well."

Despite significant media attention, the couple does not fear legal consequences. “The entire LGBT crowd congratulated us for the huge and brave step we took, and have stood by us, and offered any help which added to our strength," they told BuzzFeed.

Note: All photos in this post were sent to BuzzFeed by the couple, and published here with their permission.

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