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UK's First Interfaith Lesbian Wedding Happened Between This Jewish-Hindu Couple 

Love is beyond boundaries, is an old adage. An example is this rare couple. This Jewish-Hindu woman couple who have made it to the final levels of their relationship. Kalavati Mistry from Leicester and Miriam Jefferson from Texas, married on August 12, 2017, 20 years after falling for each other on a training course in the US and tied the knot last week. When interviewed by DailyMail, Kalavati said, "Once I told my friends and family a few years ago, they were very warm, welcoming and embracing to Miriam, which is very important. Although attitudes are changing at the moment, it was very difficult to find a priest." She defined the difficulties that she faced. She said many priests were warm and welcoming and said they'd like to conduct the wedding, but they said that their association wouldn't allow it. She is now grateful that they could do this, finally. She wants to follow Hinduism and some Jewish traditions.     

Meet the two women.

Kalavati, 48 had kept her sexuality a secret most of her life and only came out to her strictly religious parents a few years ago. And after getting her family's blessings, the couple then struggled to find a Hindu priest to conduct the ceremony. 

The marriage.

During the emotional Hindu ceremony, both women wore sarees in red and white bridal colours, fresh garlands, and 'mangal sutras.' 

Initial years were difficult.

The pair were finally able to tie the knot at the Chutney Ivy restaurant in Leicester city centre at the weekend in presence of proud friends and family. "It was initially very difficult for me as an Asian gay woman. I knew from a very young age that I was gay. I knew during my teenage years that I was and it was very difficult, trying to tell your friends and family and honour the traditions. So it's very difficult," said Kalavati.   

But now it's all settled.

"Marriage is very important to me. I grew up in a very traditional household, and really value the traditions and the culture. To me, I wanted to spend my life with someone, in a union. Some of the rituals that you do in a wedding are very important. I wanted me and Miriam to join in that union." said Kalavati.  

And they'll spend their lives in Texas.

Speaking after their wedding, Kalavati said she was looking forward to embracing Mirriam's Jewish faith. The couple has flown to Texas, Mirriam's native country, where they will spend their lives together. 

Here' s clip from their marriage.

That's all folks!WittyFeed wishes them a happy married life ahead and hopes that the society will have a broad outlook on things that they've been considering as taboos for years. Like, share and comment in the section below if this really inspired you. You may also reach out to me at richac@wittyfeed.com