On October 31, Arun Kumar, 22, and P Srija, 20, got married at a Temple in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu but they were denied marriage receipt by the temple management. Reason- Srija is transwoman while Kumar is a cis man.
The couple was forced to file a petition in the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court after the district registrar office denied to register their marriage.
On April 22, the Madurai bench ordered district registrar to registered the marriage between the transgender woman and the cis man. In its ruling, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court said that marriage solemnised between a man and a transwoman is valid and authorities should register it.
Cut to May 2019, Kumar and Srija finally got their marriage registered at the district registrar office in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi, making it a first of its kind marriage.
“Sometimes to see the obvious, one needs not only physical vision in the eye but also love in the heart,” Justice Swaminathan wrote in his 28-page order.
He also stated that any marriage between a man and a transwoman both professing Hindu religion is a “valid marriage” and the Registrar of Marriage is bound to register the same.
On May 20, the couple was issued a marriage certificate.