A Chicago-based NRI and entrepreneur, NRI Benhur Samson has started a marriage bureau for gay people to help them find their soul mate. He admits that he has opened the ‘first gay marriage’ bureau in India.
At a time when same-sex relation are still considered a taboo in a nation like India, the bureau of this kind would genuinely help those people who have the sexual preference still considered taboo in the third world.
Samson, who also runs a surrogacy agency in the United States, got this idea of starting this bureau when he met gay people looking for committed partners.
India has almost 25 lakh strong gay population, who are willing to start a family, is the main reason behind which encouraged him to start such an innovative bureau of its kind. A large number of NRI gays want to get married to their Indian counterpart since they are considered to be more allegiant towards relationship claims Samson.
Samson has also appointed the gay prince of Rajpipla, Manvendrasingh Gohil as a consultant, as well as lawyers, to look into the legal aspects of the marriages, including immigration, if an Indian marries a person abroad. Manvendrasingh Gohil, is considered as among the most influential gays, has sought help from this bureau and has been appointed as a consultant for the gay marriage bureau.
Counseling is also arranged for those who sign up with the agency. Gohil counsels those who enroll in the bureau to start their married life with the same sex partners. The Samsun’s firm will charge an exorbitant amount of $ 5000 for availing their services, and register himself or herself; the basis for such exobirant amount is that only serious candidates apply for a match. Benhur also added that the amount is refundable if the person does not find a match.
"We have received enquiries from about 250 clients, mostly from India, of which one-fifth have enrolled, as not everybody can enroll because fee is USD 5,000. We promise them a year's time to set them up with the partner they are looking for," he said. The same will include fee of the lawyer who would be roped in to get the marriages legally cleared. It will also include immigration if an Indian marries a person abroad.
According to the US-based NRI, more than 250 inquiries and 24 entries, the gay marriage bureau has received within two months of its launch.