Gay Indian Prince Says He Plans to Adopt a Royal Heir

Gay Indian Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, who appeared earlier this year on Oprah and discussed his coming out in a country where homosexuality is still illegal under an archaic 1861 law put in place by British colonists (Section 377 of the penal code), says he plans to adopt a child so that he will have a royal heir.

GohilThe Times of India reports: ” The prince was in Rajpipla on Wednesday to perform the annual ritual of garlanding his great-grandfather Vijaysinh Gohil’s statue on his 119th birth anniversary. Asked who would continue this tradition after him, he said: ‘I have carried out all my responsibilities as the prince so far and will continue as long as I can. I will also adopt a child soon so that all traditions continue.’ Manavendra, who is a divorcee, added that adoption was not new for the royal families as many had taken this route in the absence of a legal male heir. “The Gohil dynasty itself is a case of adoption. Rajpipla was ruled by the Parmar clan, not the Gohils. But the Parmars at one point did not have a male child. One of the Parmar princesses then married the maharaja of Bhavnagar.”

Although no single men have adopted children in India, Manvendra says he does not believe that should be an obstacle for him as the only stipulations in place are having no prior offspring and a significant age difference between the adopter and the adoptee.

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  1. James says

    Not to be nitpicky, but the Prince appeared on Oprah last year, Andy. (We are only closing in on the end of the first month of 2008). I watched that episode of Oprah, and it was really refreshing to see the strife that gay men and women of other cultures/countries face. What was even more refreshing is that enormous wealth and prospects don’t shield you from issues such as sexuality and problems related to matters of the heart. The Prince seemed genuinely down to earth and very un-royal, as compared to the royals in Europe. I was elated to hear him talk about his commitment to stem poverty and the spread of AIDS in his beautiful (I’ve been there!) country, India.

  2. Lia says

    I hope for his sake that he’s right, but SOMETHING tells me he’s going to have a bit more trouble adopting than that.

  3. Derrick from Philly says


    Lord, have mercy. Jordan is so blond and whatever goes along with that, they wouldn’t know what to do with him. “Prince Jordan” Oh, my Lord! LOL