Across the world, the LGBTQ community has been fighting a long battle against legal laws and rules which have been obstacles to same sex couples who want to be together. Around 28 countries such as USA, Germany, Australia, Finland, South Africa etc. have supported the community by legalizing same sex nuptials. (Source). However there is still a long way to go before gay and lesbian couples are accepted by the world without any hatred.
Status of same sex couples in India
In India, there is no specific constitutional provision or legal law that recognizes same sex weddings. Only section 377 of IPC has a major role to play in the lives of married same sex couples. This section criminalizes physical intercourse between same sex couples. Even the courts of the country have upheld section 377. However, as love prevails, love has been the reason for many gay and lesbian couples to be together and to be as they are, inspite of the laws and the indifferent society.
In conclusion it can be said that homosexual relations are considered to be illegal in the country and the Indian society has failed to accept gay and lesbian couples. Same sex marriages are considered to be a taboo in India. Despite continuous efforts of the supporters of same sex weddings and pride parades, little progress is being made on this front.
10 famous same sex couples (Gay and Lesbian)
The LGBTQ community has been able to take a stand and fight for its rights because of the bravery of several well-known celebrity couples who have come out in the open and revealed their sexual orientation. They are an inspiration to many because they are balancing not only their successful careers but also a great relationship with their partners. Despite prejudices against same sex couples, these star couples have been able navigate through the tough times and be there for each other. Here is a list of famous couples that have won the hearts of the people around the world due to their courage and have shown the world that love knows no bounds.
1. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
One is a renowned actor while the other is a chef; the two are made for each other. It was Neil who confessed his love for Burtka first. However, Burtka was the first one to propose. After 10 years of happy relationship, they finally got married on 16th September, 2014 in Italy and Sir Elton John graced this occasion with his performance. Harper and Gideon are the twin kids of this heart-warming couple who are a motivation to all.
2. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Considered to be among the first few lesbian celebrity couples who have revealed themselves, Ellen and her wife Portia are adored and highly respected by the public. Portia took around three years to express her feelings for Ellen as she was afraid such a disclosure might end her career. In 2004, they started dating each other and once the ban on same sex nuptials was overturned in 2008, the duo got married and promised to be there for one and another until they die.
3. Lance Bass and Michael Turchin
Meet the gay couple who made history by marrying on TV network. Their marriage was extremely unique due to things like joint-bachelor party, absence of groomsmen, presence of supermodels as flower girls and puppies as ring-bearers. Go watch ‘Lance Loves Michael
The Lance Bass Wedding’ yourself to witness the beauty of the union of two souls.
4. Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison
Foster, one of the most private Hollywood celebrities never spoke about her sexual orientation or her previous relationship in public. But ever since her marriage to her photographer girlfriend Alexandra in 2014, she and her wife are not shying away from the cameras. It seems she has found her true love and is relishing every moment with her.
5. Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak
Jim Parsons- the Big Bang Theory star surely broke hearts when he came out in the year 2010. But it was awe-inspiring to see his love for Todd Spiewak with whom he had a 14 year-old relationship. His marriage to Spiewak in May 2017 was indeed the wedding of the year.
6. Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni
The Sex and The City star surely had Christine worried in the beginning of their relationship since she had no experience dating a woman. But then Cynthia was able to reassure Christine by introducing Christine to her mother. That is how their relationship grew stronger and they got married in 2012. Now the couple lives together happily with their two sons (Charlie and Max) and one daughter (Samantha).
7. Matt Bomer and Simon Halls
Though rumors regarding Bomer’s orientation were doing the rounds, he never acknowledged it publicly. However in the year 2014, he revealed his marriage to Simon Halls with whom he was married since 2011 and joined the league of popular same sex couples in the world. The couple is parents to three kids- Henry, Walker and Kit.
8. Wanda Skyes and Alex Skyes
Ever since the famous comedian Wanda Skyes decided to come out, she has been a keen supporter of the rights and privileges of the LGBTQ community. She married Alex in 2008 before the passing of Proposition 8. The couple was very vocal about their views against the Proposition and said that they have no option but to stand up and demand for the rights of the LGBTQ community.
9. Michael Kors and Lance LePere
Kors married LePere whom he had known since 1990 because LePere was an intern in his company. Their love story began in Paris and culminated in a private beach wedding in Southampton in the year 2011.
10. Jillian Michaels and Heidi Rhoades
The two fitness freaks came together in 2009 and have been raising two kids- Lukensia and Phoenix. Michaels proposed to Rhoades on her show ‘Just Jillian’ in 2016 and the two are surely giving others amazing relationship goals.
It is amazing to witness celebrity same sex couples coming out and embracing their true sexual orientation. It serves as a big source of encouragement for those who are hiding and afraid to reveal their orientations. So Kudos to all of them!