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First gay marriage bureau set up in India by NRI

Vdodara: Even gay people can now find their soulmate both within and outside India with the help of a newly set up marriage bureaus. According to a Times of India, an NRI, Benhur Samson, has

India TV News Desk [ Updated: March 19, 2016 9:53 IST ]
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Vdodara: Even gay people can now find their soulmate both within and outside India with the help of a newly set up marriage bureaus.

According to a Times of India, an NRI, Benhur Samson, has set up India's first marriage bureau for homosexuals to help gay people find the right match for them.

It is a general notion that most homosexuals are likely to find their own partners and settle with them. But Samson, who used to help gays with surrogacy in India till 2013, was amazed when he received requests from them regarding prospective life partners.

 
He made a move to start a gay marriage service to help such persons. He has also appointed the gay prince of Rajpipla, Manvendrasingh Gohil as a consultant, and along with lawyers to look into the legal aspects of the marriages, including immigration if an Indian marries a person abroad.

The marriage bureau has been functioning for around three months now. 

The bureau has so far received around 250 inquiries and around 24 people are enrolled with us, he said, adding that the process to identifying the right match for them is on. 

Those who sign up have to undergo counselling under experts, Samson said. "We take a couple of months to know the person and only then begin the process," he said. 

The bureau charges $5,000 so that only serious candidates came forward to look for their match. If in case the person does not find the match the money charged is refundable.

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