Same-sex marriage: Decision on recognition may be taken soon, Supreme Court issues notice to Center

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Demand for recognition of gay marriage is gaining momentum in the country
Supreme Court agrees to hear pleas of same-sex couples
Supreme Court issued notice to the central government, sought an answer soon

New Delhi. The Supreme Court, on two petitions by same-sex couples, directed the Center and Attorney General R.K. Venkataramani was issued a notice on Friday. In this petition of same-sex couples, their marriage has been requested to be recognized under the Special Marriage Act. A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Hima Kohli considered the representation filed by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi before issuing the notice.

The bench said, “Reply to the notice in four weeks.” It also directed the central government and the Attorney General of India to issue notices. In the appeals, the two same-sex couples have sought a direction to recognize their marriage under the Special Marriage Act. A petition has been filed by Supriyo Chakraborty and Abhay Dang, a gay couple living in Hyderabad, while the second petition has been filed on behalf of gay couple Partha Firoz Mehrotra and Uday Raj.

Appeal for directions from the Supreme Court
In the petition, it was requested to direct the people of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Queer) community to have the right to marry the person of their choice. It has been said in the petition that not recognizing gay marriage is a violation of the right to equality and the right to life under Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court in 2018 unanimously decriminalized part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which made “consensual unnatural sex an offence”. was considered.”

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