Meet the straight woman arranging same-sex marriages in India

Source: NBC News

By Priti Salian

“When I first saw him at the airport, I was unable to control my emotions,” recalled Amar, referring to the moment he met his now-husband, Tanmay, in Mumbai. “I turned and started walking back, but he ran behind and hugged me.”

“Will you be mine?” Tanmay asked Amar during that first in-person encounter. “I already am,” Amar replied to the man he had been dating long-distance for five months.

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Now, more than a year after they first connected online, the two men are married. However, Mumbai-based Amar, 29, and Vancouver-based Tanmay, 26, are still living part, even though they’ve been married since October. Amar said he plans to move to Vancouver next year.

Amar, who declined to share his last name to protect his privacy, said if it were not for the Arranged Gay Marriage Bureau (AGMB), an India-based agency that connects LGBTQ people for marriage and long-term monogamous relationships, he would not be a married man today.

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