The uproar over gay marriage in New York pales in comparison.

Indian authorities intervened last week to halt a wedding between two monkeys named Raju and Chinki in Northwest India's Talwas village. Since Indian law protects monkeys as government property, police officers confiscated the newly hitched simians and released them into the wild.

The owners of the monkeys planned a full elaborate wedding, complete with invitations and a banquet, although they ultimately had to conduct the ceremony in secret in order to elude the more than 200 guards who arrived to stop it. In Hinduism some animals are revered as avatars of the gods, a belief expressed by an incredulous wedding guest who confronted the police.

They told me the monkeys have been captured, 72-year-old Prem Jain said. They can't capture God!

Scroll down to see photos of the astonishing event.