US lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard ties knot in Vedic ceremony in Hawaii

  • Agencies, Washington
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2015 11:07 IST

Tulsi Gabbard, the first-ever Hindu American in the US Congress, has tied the knot with cinematographer Abraham Williams in a Vedic ceremony in her home state of Hawaii.

Many US lawmakers and dignitaries from India, including BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, attended the ceremony on Thursday.

Gabbard, 33, was born in American Samoa in 1981 to Carol and Mike Gabbard. She was raised in the Brahma Madhwa Gaudiya Sampradaya that her mother embraced after taking to the Krishna movement in the US.

The second-term Democratic Congresswoman from Hawaii had announced her engagement in January.

"Both Abraham and I are generally kind of private people. He has nothing to do with politics. He's a humble, great guy who doesn't want to be in the limelight, so this is something new to the both of us," Gabbard said in an interview.

Williams, 26, proposed to Gabbard with a 1.17-carat round, brilliant-cut champagne diamond engagement ring in 18-karat rose gold when the Congresswoman was visiting Hawaii during Thanksgiving.

This is Gabbard's second marriage and the first one for Williams. Gabbard is expected to retain her last name.

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