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What Did The Centre Say

  • In Supriyo @ Supriyo Chakraborthy v. Union of India, the Centre said that union of two people of opposite genders is a prerequisite for marriage. Hetrosexual marriages have always been the norm in India and will always be the only recognized marital union.
  • The statement was made in a counter-affidavit filed by the centre against the bunch of writ petitions filed in the Supreme Court for legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
  • What Is The Case About
  • In this case, a bunch of petitions were filed before the Supreme Court seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
  • The main petitioner in this case, Supriyo Chakraborthy, made headlines last year when he along with his partner Abhay became the first gay couple in Telangana to tie the knot. They are now seeking legal recognition of their marital union.

Contentions Of The Centre

  • The Centre contended that all the personal laws clearly indicate the legislative intent which presumes a marital union to be between a man and a woman alone. Hence, there is no need for a judicial intervention to mend the law.
  • It was also contended by the court that there is no violation of fundamental rights from non-recognition of same-sex marriages.
  • It was further submitted that only hetrosexual marriages are the norm and that decriminalisation of homosexuality u/s 377 of IPC is not the same as a marital bond. 

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