Couple Who Went Viral for Desi Wedding Are Expecting Their First Baby

"We, as two South Asian men, are going to build this family and we're going to build it in the best way we can. I think showing that to the world will once again, prove that there is no restriction — we're not missing anything here in this marriage or in this life."
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By Wyndi Kappes, Assistant Editor
Published January 6, 2023

Amit Shah and Aditya Madiraju went viral in 2019 after sharing their love and their traditional Desi wedding with the world. Now, four years after capturing hearts and changing minds, Shah and Madiraju are growing their family in hopes of showing the world again that love conquers all and anything is possible.

Just a year after their stunning ceremony, the couple decided to move forward with their dreams of growing their family in 2020.

The journey to their biological child would prove to be anything but easy—from learning the difference between surrogates, egg donors and gestational carriers to determining which of those partners was the best fit for them. After almost three years spent finding an egg donor and four rounds of IVF, the couple received the exciting news that they would be welcoming their first child in May.

Along their way and in preparation for May, the duo was surprised to discover that the costs for same-sex couples are higher than for heterosexual couples.

“Most of this, actually 90 percent of this or more, is out of our pocket,” Shah explained, sharing that only a few insurance companies support LGBTQ couples in their fertility journey.

While the pair has faced setbacks when it comes to financial support from insurance companies, their families have been extremely supportive, and they look forward to the example they’ll be able to set for other queer couples and the world as a whole.

“We, as two South Asian men, are going to build this family and we’re going to build it in the best way we can. I think showing that to the world will once again, prove that there is no restriction — we’re not missing anything here in this marriage or in this life,” Shah said.

“We are hoping us having a baby normalizes it even more, that it doesn’t matter if you’re a same-sex couple, you can just lead the life you want. I want this to be a guide for those who are trying because so many have gotten married after we have, and they have reached out to us thanking us because they figured out how to convince their parents and families because of us. So this might very well help too.”

As time goes on and their newborn grows, it’s Shah’s hope that “we won’t be talking about gay couples like we do now. We’ll just be talking about couples. I hope we can celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, all the holidays. I hope none of that stuff really matters.”

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