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Lesbian couple from India illegally married but legally protected.

A Indian lesbian couple from a small town of Manesar near New Delhi got married on the 22nd of July, needless to say against their family’s wishes.

Although homosexuality has been decriminalized in India, same-sex marriages are still not recognized legally. After receiving death threats from their family members, these women went to court asking for protection.

You can get full details here.

Today the court has granted them 24 hours protection.  They are not legally married, but they are of legal age so can choose to live with whoever and wherever they want. And homosexuality being no longer a criminal offence in India, the law cannot pin anything against the two girls.

I had reported before another incidence of Neha and Khushboo and how the court granted them full protection too. That was the first legal individual case. At that time I had stated that once court rules in the favour of an LGBT person, it will have a snowball effect. They cannot rule against them ever again on the basis of their sexual orientation.

You can read about it here.

I hope this trend continues. As long as we have the legal backing, a lot can be accomplished, even when our Heath Minister says that homosexuality is a disease and has come from a  far off  land.

And I celebrate my 50th blog with a great news from INDIA.

 

UPDATE

The stories that have been coming in on this although are from reliable sources, are bizarre to say the least. Savita and Veena, I assumed were married in some obscure little temple and hence legally has no significance, now looks like they were actually married in court in front of a Gurgaon judge. It is very hard to believe that on judge randomly would allow two girls to get married when he very well knows that it would not be recognized anywhere in the country.

Another piece of information that has come in from Times Of India is, the girls are missing now. They went missing even before the police to arrange for protection for them. Again I am surprised  that if that is true, it has not got more media attention.

I will try to update this once I get some more information.

Big day in NY and why it isn’t enough for me

Congratulations to all the couples who have and are getting married today in New York.  Today, with same-sex marriage being a reality, it ushers an era of equality in one of the most populated cities in America.

But in the face of this huge victory, I am thankful that I don’t live in NY. Contrary to the arguments of the Same-sex marriage proponents, and the modified laws that actually paved the way to the legalization of same-sex-marriage today,I am unsatisfied.

For me, wedding is not about a piece of paper, or government recognition. These came way later. Just one generation back, in my parents time, one didn’t need to register their marriage.

There is a reason why in every culture when someone gets married, there is the custom of inviting so many people on the wedding day. In older times, an entire village would be invited to the wedding. Although the celebration of a joyous occasion with friends and family is one of the reason, the main reason why this custom exists is to have witnesses of the wedding. They are the living proof of the ceremony. Today the proof is a piece of paper.

Honestly I don’t care. I don’t care if the government recognizes my love for my partner or not. I don’t care if I can share my mortgage of my house with my partner or not. Every child fantasizes about their wedding. Men and women in different ways but its a big day for both the sexes.  I have fantasized about my wedding too since I was a kid. Maybe not a same-sex wedding, but nonetheless.

Today walking into a registrars office and signing a piece of paper was never my dream wedding ever. For me, it would be my dream wedding when I can walk down the isle, stand in front of God and say I DO. Because my commitment to my partner is not political, or financial, its spiritual and holy. People present in my wedding would add to the joyous occasion but I want God to be the witness of my vows.

So when they legalized same-sex marriage in New York by modifying the law and exempting all religious organization, I wasn’t thrilled. Because I don’t want to get married to reap all the benefits while filing my taxes, and buying houses and in medicare.That is a bonus. And yes that’s  important too. But for me, if it was not legal to get married, I would be happy to get one pastor who would agree to marry a same-sex couple and if not in a church, maybe in my backyard with my friends and family.

But I live in Canada, so if I ever want, I can realize my childhood dream of getting married in a church, walk down the isle and stand on the pulpit and say I do. And when the minister says ” I bind you in HOLY matrimony”,  it would really be holy and I will seal my vow with a kiss.

Uganda..”Kill The Gays” bill.. Please sign

This is my 3rd post on Uganda. The last one was in November.

This atrocious bill has been swinging like a pendulum  since its conception from being almost making into a law, to being scraped to again revived and considered to be put into law.

Along with this, we have been subjected to a roller coaster emotional ride. We were shocked when this was first proposed, then started breathing a tad bit freely when the death penalty was said to have been removed. Then we heaved a big sigh of relief when it was declared that the bill has been scraped for good.

Now it is back and maybe by this weekend it would be signed as a law, with the death penalty et. al.

When the religious groups claim that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice, and can be altered through therapy, it can safely be assumed that once this bill passes into law, there will be no gays in Uganda. Because who in the right mind would choose to be gay when there is a death penalty, if found out.

Amongst all the tortures and discriminations and killings, if there still are LGBT people in the Islamic countries and places like Uganda, does it not clearly say, that it’s not a choice. If that had been the case, the gays in these countries would have gladly chosen to be straight when the other option is death?

This reasoning seems pretty simple and rational to me… wonder why it doesn’t to all the religious fanatics and politicians across the globe.  Using once in a while the limited stock of grey cells that God has given you, is not a bad thing.

I just hope I would have to write just one more post on Uganda and may it be a positive one.

Below, I am posting a link… please go there and sign the petition. Your signature may just save a few lives.

Thank you for your co-operation.

http://www.allout.org/en/petition/uganda

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