Blow For LGBTQ+ As India’s Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Seeking Legalisation Of Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court of India Tuesday rejected an appeal seeking the legalisation of same-sex marriage across the country.

A group of Lesbian, Gay Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) activists approached the top court a few months back seeking a declaration that the government’s failure to recognise same-sex unions amounts to a violation of LGBTQ people’s constitutional rights.

But the legal representatives of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi administration raised objection against the application, saying legalizing same-sex union will cause “havoc” against India’s historical and societal values.

“Living together as partners and having sexual relationship by same-sex individuals … is not comparable with the Indian family unit concept of a husband, a wife and children,” the government told the court.