Entertainment Desk: India’s Supreme Court has refused to legalize same-sex marriage in the country. On October 17, a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said that existing law does not recognize same-sex marriage. Only the Parliament of the country has the power to make that law. However, all five judges agreed that the central government should form a committee to ensure the rights of people in same-sex relationships.
However, the Center had already proposed the formation of that committee. Meanwhile, Bollywood actress Celina Jaitley expressed disappointment after this verdict. He told Indian portal India Today, ‘The marriage verdict (by the Supreme Court) is very disappointing. I have been working with the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community) for 20 years.
I have always said one thing, LGBT people are not asking for something different. Rather, they want the rights that every citizen of India gets.’
Expressing confidence in the lawmakers, Celina Jaitley said, ‘Right to marriage, right to a family is an important right of any human being. So I hope, the Special Marriage Act will be updated in Parliament to eliminate gender discrimination.
The actress also said, ‘On a positive note, the court has recorded a statement that such rights and benefits can be experimentally given to special couples who remain committed. I think this is a step in the right direction. The matter will not be made in a day, but it has to be.’
According to court sources, among the five judges, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul spoke in favor of recognition of same-sex unions. They also called for an anti-discrimination law to protect the rights of gay people.
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Two more judges argued that same-sex couples should have the right to adopt children. However, the remaining two of the five-judge bench dissented on the adoption of children by same-sex couples. ruled against constitutionalizing same-sex marriage. A five-judge bench took the decision after hearing 20 petitions filed by various same-sex couples, LGBTQ activists and transgender people.
Source: India Today