Delhi HC seeks govt's response on pleas seeking legalisation of same-sex marriage
- Two same-sex couples have moved the Delhi High Court seeking legal recognition for their marriages
- The HC has sought responses from the central and state governments
- It has listed the matter for further hearing on January 8
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought responses of the central and Delhi's state government over two separate petitions filed by same-sex couples. In their plea, the couples have sought registration of their marriage under the Special Marriage Act and Foreign Marriage Act, ANI reported.
The HC has listed the matter for further hearing on January 8, 2021.
Two same-sex couples had moved the Delhi high court last week seeking legal recognition for their marriages. They said that the lack of formal acceptance of their union under Indian laws was a violation of their constitutional rights.
A bench of justices R S Endlaw and Asha Menon issued notice to the Centre and the Delhi government seeking their stand on the plea by two women seeking to get married under the SMA, PTI reported.
The court also issued notice to the Centre and the Consulate General of India in New York on the other plea by two men who got married in the US but were denied registration of their marriage under the FMA.
The petitioners are represented by advocates Menaka Guruswamy, Arundhati Katju, Govind Manoharan and Surabhi Dhar. Guruswamy and Katju were among the lawyers who successfully convinced the Supreme Court to read down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalised homosexuality, in 2018.