India’s Supreme Court has reached the verdict to decline the legal recognition of same-sex unions on October 17th, 2023.
Despite emphasising the fact that the state should not discriminate against same-sex relationships, the decision has now been shifted to Parliament saying it’s beyond the Supreme Court’s scope.
Aakar Patel, the chair of the board at Amnesty International India, announced that “this was a historic missed opportunity… to herald in a new era in what has been a long fight for equal rights of LGBTI people”.
Determining the disappointment that overrules the LGBTQ+ community as they hoped Supreme Court judges would recognise their institutional rights to marital equality.
Dozens of LGBTQ supporters and activists were seen gathered outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi whilst the verdict was being read leading to a wide range of emotions.
Citizens like Pia Chanda, believe that this outcome “will keep the discrimination in place” whilst other citizens welcomed the judgment as a progressive move with hopes that this will evolve in the near future.
“Pathetic”, “crazy”, and “interesting” are some of the few words the public has used on Twitter to describe India’s Supreme Court’s verdict ruling against same-sex marriages.
One citizen, Pulkit, wrote “I have lost all hope for India. As much as I love my country, I have no hopes from a country that doesn’t want me” expressing the rejection the LGBTQ community feels from Indian powers.
Though acceptance of homosexuality tends to be growing, the verdict still presents resistance towards the matter in modern Indian society.
Ankita Khanna, one of the petitioners in the case, said that the “queer community will continue to move forward in solidarity and with resilience, as we always have” affirming that the fight for equality will endure.
Uday Anand, another petitioner, claims “it’s all the more important now to redouble one’s efforts” in moving forward from the disappointing verdict as this can now be seen as a stepping stone to a hopeful future for the LGBTQ community.
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