NEW DELHI: Central government refused to validate the same-sex marriage.
Delhi High Court has listed a set of pleas that are requesting recognition and registration for their same-sex marriage in India.
Dr. Kavita Arora, Abhijit Iyer Mitra, Vaibhav Jain, an OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cardholder Joydeep Sengupta and his partner Russell Blaine Stephens filed a petition to recognise same-sex marriage.
Sengupta and Stephens’ lawyer Karuna Nundy stated that the laws pertinent to their case would be the Foreign Marriage Act 1969, Citizenship Act 1955, and the Special Marriage Act, 1954.
Central government maintained that same-sex marriage cannot be recognised in India and that traditionally it is between men and women.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta asserted that the term ‘spouse’ refers to husband and wife.
India decriminalised homosexuality by abrogating Article 377 in 2018. Centre's affidavit against gay marriage stated, "you don’t need marriage certificate for hospitals, nobody is dying because they don’t have a marriage certificate."