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Supreme Court Hears Petition for Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage and Relationship Status by 18 LGBTQ+ Couples

New Delhi, October 17, 2023 – In a historic move, 18 same-sex couples have filed a petition in the Supreme Court of India, seeking recognition of same-sex marriage and their relationship status. This significant legal challenge could pave the way for LGBTQ+ rights in the country.

The petition, which has garnered nationwide attention, is a landmark moment in the ongoing struggle for equal rights and legal recognition for the LGBTQ+ community in India. These 18 couples, representing a diverse cross-section of society, have come forward to challenge the current legal framework that does not recognize same-sex marriages and does not grant them the rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual couples.

The couples argue that denying them the right to marry and access the legal and social benefits that come with it is a violation of their fundamental rights as Indian citizens. They are seeking recognition and legal protection for their relationships, which they argue are as valid and deserving as any heterosexual union.

While same-sex relationships have been decriminalized in India since the landmark Supreme Court ruling in 2018, which struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the legal recognition of same-sex marriages and their associated rights remains a contentious issue. Currently, India only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman.

This petition has ignited hope within the LGBTQ+ community and its allies who have been advocating for equal rights, including marriage equality, for years. It is seen as a significant step towards a more inclusive and progressive India.

The Supreme Court will play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of this legal challenge, and the verdict could potentially reshape the societal landscape for LGBTQ+ individuals in the country. It remains to be seen how the court will respond to this petition, but the case has the potential to set a historic precedent for recognizing and validating same-sex relationships in India.