Will Delhi High Court allow same-sex marriages?

    Supreme Court, section 377, verdict, consensual gay sex, Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra

    Homosexuality may have been decriminalized but same sex marriages are still a strict non-no in India.

    During a hearing at the Delhi High Court on Monday, the Centre argued that Indian values and customs do not recognise same-sex marriages as it is “not permissible”. It also said that “our laws, legal system, society and our values” do not give legal sanctity to same sex marriages.

    During the hearing, keenly followed by hundreds of same-sex couples, many of whom are forced to enter into ‘normal’ marriages owing to pressure from family, the bench observed that the world over things were changing, but it may or may not be applicable to India.

    The petition has contended that despite the Supreme Court decriminalizing consensual homosexual acts, marriages between same-sex couples was still not possible.

    The case comes up for hearing next on October 21. The question is will Delhi High Court allow same-sex marriages in India?

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