First Asian Same-Sex Couple got married in Haringey, London, United Kingdom on 29th March 2014.
The first same-sex marriages took place on 29 March in England and Wales. A North London based same-sex couple, Subodh Rathod and Niranjan Kamatkar were the first couple to marry at 9.30 am on the same day at the Civic Centre in Wood Green.
Both Niranjan and Subodh are of Indian origin and senior family members and friends attended the wedding ceremony.
International development minister and MP for Hornsey and Wood Green Lynne Featherstone, who successfully presented the same-sex marriage bill in the parliament attended the wedding.
Haringey Mayor Cllr. Sheila Peacock along with Tottenham MP Mr David Lammy were present to show their support to the newly wedded couple. A number of Lesbian, Gay and Queer artists, filmmakers and community members also attended the historic event.
Subodh Rathod told BBC Radio 4 World Tonight programme on the eve of the wedding, “I believe we are the first Asian Same-Sex Couple to get married. We haven’t come across any couples where both partners are of Asian origins in the entire world (who are officially married before).”
Niranjan Kamatkar added, “We are delighted and feel privileged to be able to marry. I hope, one day, all same-sex couples around the world will have the right to marry and will be able to express that love is for everyone, irrespective of the sexual orientation.”
Currently no country in Asia officially recognises same-sex marriages.
Subodh and Niranjan met at the first South Asian Gay Conference in India in 1994.
The couple work for arts charity Wise Thoughts, which presents London’s annual LGBT art festival ‘GFEST- Gaywise FESTival’.
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