A Constitution Bench of the Indian Supreme Court is hearing a batch of pleas seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages in India.
During the last hearing, the Court observed that it can go by what young people think a constitutional court should do while considering recognition of same-sex marriage in India.
The batch of petitions have sought the recognition of same-sex marriages under law, arguing that the right to marry a person of one’s choice should extend to LGBTQ citizens as well.
In the other side, the Central government has opposed the petitions and said that living together as partners and having sexual relationship by same sex individuals is not comparable to the Indian family unit concept which involves biological man and biological woman with children born out of such wedlock.
Similar views have been expressed by Islamic religious body Jamiat-Ulama-I-Hind, which has said that notions like same sex marriage originate from western culture that have radical atheistic worldviews and the same should not be imposed on India.
Almost five years ago, the Indian top court decriminalized gay sex. If now legalized, India may become the largest country to legalize same-sex marriage.
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