In a significant development, the Centre has filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court, opposing the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in India. The affidavit argues that same-sex relationships and heterosexual relationships are clearly distinct classes and cannot be treated identically.
Details of the Affidavit
The affidavit filed by the Centre apprises the top court that same-sex relationships are not comparable with the Indian family unit concept of a husband, a wife and children. It further argues that living together as partners by same-sex individuals, which is now decriminalised, cannot be considered the same as the traditional concept of a family.
The Centre’s stance is in contrast to the growing global trend towards recognising same-sex marriage as a fundamental right. Many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and several European countries, have legalised same-sex marriage.
The Centre’s affidavit opposing same-sex marriage is likely to have significant implications for the LGBTQ+ community in India. Same-sex couples in the country have been fighting for legal recognition of their relationships for years, and the Centre’s stance is likely to hamper their efforts.
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