Supreme Court Of India To Consider The Legalisation Of Same-Sex Marriages, And We’re Keeping Our Fingers Crossed

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Supreme Court Of India To Consider The Legalisation Of Same-Sex Marriages, And We’re Keeping Our Fingers Crossed

There are many marginalised communities in India who are still struggling to have the same basic rights as most of the citizens of the country do. And one of these communities is the LGBTQ+ community who have also been fighting for the right to love whoever they want to. And in a step closer to that goal, the supreme court said that they would consider legally recognise same-sex marriages.

On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it will take into consideration the request to recognise same-sex weddings legally and sent notice to the Centre in this regard. The notice was given in response to two requests from gay couples requesting an order that their marriage is authorized under the special marriage law. Prior to issuing the notices on the pleas, a bench consisting of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Hima Kohli heard the remarks of senior attorney Mukul Rohatgi. The central government was called for comment by a bench, which requested a response from it within four weeks. The Attorney General of India has been requested to assist the highest court.

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Supriyo Chakraborty and Abhay Dang, a Hyderabad-based gay couple, filed one petition. Parth Phiroze Mehrotra and Uday Raj, a gay couple, filed the second petition. After receiving a new petition from Supriyo and Abhay for the Special Marriage Act, 1954’s recognition of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court decided to take the case under consideration. Apparently married for almost ten years, Supriyo Chakraborty and Abhay Dang are the applicants. On December 2021, they held a ceremony where their parents, relatives, and friends blessed their relationship. 

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According to the argument, articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution’s right to equality and right to life are violated when same-sex marriages are not recognised. In 2018, a five-judge Supreme Court Constitution bench unanimously decriminalised a portion of Section 377 of the IPC, a 158-year-old colonial rule that forbids consensual unnatural sex.

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