India's Supreme Court Declines to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, Defers to Parliament
In a significant ruling, India's Supreme Court declined to legalize same-sex marriages, stating that the responsibility lies with the Parliament. This decision has left many LGBTQ+ rights advocates disheartened, especially given the anticipation and hope that had built up around the case.
Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, while delivering the verdict, emphasized the need for the government to ensure the rights of the queer community and eradicate discrimination against them. The sentiment of the ruling was echoed by one of the petitioners, Mario da Penha, who expressed his disappointment but also emphasized the importance of not losing hope.
Da Penha highlighted the immense effort and dedication that went into the petitions, representing the aspirations of the LGBTQ+ community in India. He said, "Many hopes and dreams of the queer community were attached to them — to lead lives that most other Indians take for granted. The fact that the dream could not come to fruition today is a disappointment for all of us."
The next steps remain uncertain, as it's unclear whether the court has provided any specific mandate or timeline for the Parliament to address the issue.
This decision underscores the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights in India, a nation with a rich tapestry of cultures and traditions. While the journey towards acceptance and equality continues, advocates remain hopeful that change will come, even if it takes time.
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