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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Indian Tribe Consents to Lesbian "Marriage"

"An Indian tribe has given its consent to a lesbian 'marriage' in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. A priest belonging to the Kandha tribe led the ceremony between Wetka Polang, 30, and Melka Nilsa, 22, in Koraput district recently. Both the women are day labourers and now live together in Dandabadi village. Same-sex relationships are outlawed in India. The 145-year-old colonial Indian Penal Code clearly describes a same sex relationship as an "unnatural offence". Sociologists say that a community blessing a same-sex 'marriage' is unheard of in India." by Sanjaya Jena, BBC News Link to Article (last visited 12-7-06 NVS)

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