Center opposes giving legal recognition to same-sex marriage, says it is not fair at all

Supreme Court

New Delhi: The central government has opposed giving legal recognition to same-sex marriage. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the Center told the Supreme Court that same-sex relationships and heterosexual relationships are clearly distinct categories that cannot be treated as the same.

The Center apprised the Supreme Court that same-sex persons living together as partners, which has now been decriminalised, is not comparable with the Indian family unit concept of husband, wife and children. Decriminalization of 377 cannot strengthen the recognition of same-sex marriages.

The top court, on January 6, had transferred all such petitions pending before various high courts, including the Delhi High Court, to the club and itself. It had said that the counsel appearing for the Center and advocate Arundhati Katju, representing the petitioners, would together prepare a common compilation of written submissions, documents and precedents which would be relied upon during the hearing.

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