As you scroll through the photographs of Shannon and Seema’s wedding (the first Hindu lesbian marriage in the US), you cannot help but tear up a little. Both of them look so much in love with each other. Everything about the wedding ceremony looks absolutely spectacular, including the two lovely ladies. What draws you more closer to their celebration is that their parents too are happily involved, blessing them wholeheartedly. And, this beautiful homosexual wedding can actually make us learn some great life lessons. So, take a look at a few of them, and enjoy the beautiful journey of your relationship with your sweetheart.
Be yourself : Coming out of the closet is not an easy task for anybody. Shannon and Seema took the leap of faith and revealed about their relationship to the world. So, follow their suit and accept your relationship (be it straight or a homosexual one) in front of everyone. Do not let the society’s norms stop you from being what you are. You have the freedom to do what you want in your life. Do not let the world dictate the terms of your life.
Love conquers all : Homosexuality is a taboo in Indian society. For many, it is a biological disorder, while a few consider it as last birth’s karma. But, Seema and Shannon’s wedding proved it all wrong. For them love knows no boundaries, quite literally. They proved the world that everything comes second to love.
Your parents want you to be happy : Your parents may yell at you, may disagree with your views and constantly fight with you over mundane issues, but at the end of the day, they want you to be happy. Both Shannon and Seema’s parents may have had problems accepting their choice, but in the end they wholeheartedly accepted their daughters’ wishes and made their wedding possible.
Go for a fusion : Seema came in a palki and Shannon walked down the aisle with a bouquet of flowers. Seema was dressed in an Indian bridal attire, while Shannon teamed her wedding gown with maang tikka and bangles. This fusion of Indian and western bridal dresses added a delightful touch to the ceremony.
Both the partners are equal : During the wedding ceremony, both Shannon and Seema, applied sindoor in each other’s maang. This was one of the most beautiful moments of the wedding, as it symbolised their belief that they both are equal partners in their relationship.
Let your hair down : As this is an unconventional wedding, many eyebrows would have definitely been raised. And, this would have made the duo upset for sure. But, braving all odds, the couple made sure that they enjoy every bit of their special day.
There is so much we can learn from the fact that an Indian family happily accepted their daughter’s decision and participated in her wedding. In a country where homosexuals have to deal with immense social stigma, emotional and psychological agony, outright rejection of their sexual identities by their families, physical torture and a compulsion to marry people of the opposite sex, it was indeed heart warming to see Seema’s parents partake in the wedding celebrations. Their gesture is nothing but a mature understanding of the fact that even though they may seem different from heterosexual couples, homosexuals share similar values, hopes and dreams. From this and all other homosexual nuptials, the least we can do is to drive home the point that as long as there is companionship between two men or two women, it should be enough to grant the couple societal acceptance.