India gets first marriage bureau for gay
The initiative has been taken by NRI Benhur Samson who owns and operate Surrogacy Abroad Inc, an international surrogacy agency based in Chicago.
Surrogacy Abroad Inc is one-stop" agency for any intended parent (LGBT friendly).
The idea to start a marriage bureau to help gay people came to his mind when he received requests from them regarding prospective life partners, reported the Times of India.
Rajpipla's gay prince Manvendrasingh Gohil has been roped as a consultant for the gay marriage bureau. The agency has also hired lawyers to look into the legal aspects of the marriages, including immigration if an Indian marries a person abroad.
"Several people wanting an arranged marriage were looking for partners from India. The reason seems to that arranged marriages are common in India. Also, Indians are known for their commitment, their loyalty to partners and hard-working nature," said Samson.
The bureau has received around 250 inquiries and around 24 people are enrolled with the bureau since it became functional around three months back.
Counselling is arranged for those who signup with the agency.
"We take a couple of months to know the person and only then begin the process," Samson said. He added that to ensure that only serious candidates came forward the bureau charges $5,000, which is refundable if the person does not find a match.