EVENT DATE : 6 JUNE
Delhi HC has agreed to hear a batch of pleas seeking recognition for same-sex marriage in India. Advocates of such a change argue that the right to marry is a fundamental right and it is unconstitutional to deny it to a significant section of population on the basis of their sexual orientation.
However the central government remains firmly opposed. It argues that laws regarding personal relationships are enacted by the “wisdom of the legislature” in a manner concomitant with “societal values” and “national acceptability”. In its recent petition to the Delhi HC, central government has claimed that any interference in existing marriage laws would cause “havoc”.
Is the government right in its claim that Indian society will not accept same sex marriage? Would a liberty freely enjoyed by 1.3 billion people across 30 countries cause “havoc” if allowed in India?