A Hindu woman and a Jewish woman tied the knot this week in a ceremony that’s being hailed as Britain’s first interfaith lesbian wedding.
“It’s really nice to now have a Hindu wedding here, because it brings both of us together and completes both of us in my eyes,” Miriam Jefferson told the Daily Mail, after she exchanged nuptials with Kalavati Mistry in the United Kingdom city of Leicester.
The two have been together for more than two decades, and had already solemnized their marriage according to the Jewish rite, holding another ceremony a few months ago in Jefferson’s native Texas.
Both work for an interfaith organization in Britain, where gay marriage has been legal for the past several years.
Mistry told the Mail that the ceremony had particular significance because the challenges she faced around sexuality within her culture. “[It’s] been very difficult for me as an Asian gay woman.”
She added: “I hope many many gay people - no matter what religion or culture they’re in - are in loving relationships.”