Criminalizing same sex marriage: Government wont contest, leaves decision to ‘wisdom of court’

New Delhi: The central government on India Wednesday pleaded before the Supreme court that it would not contest criminalisation of same-sex relations and leaves the decision to the ‘wisdom of court’.

The Supreme Court is hearing the pleas challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality. The Centre, which had sought four weeks time to file its response to the petitions, The Indian Express reported.

On June 10, a five-judge Constitutional bench had said that it will examine the correctness of its 2013 verdict that had set aside a Delhi High Court order which had decriminalised gay sex.

The media report also said that the SC had made it clear that it would not venture into the issue of marriage relating to the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community or inheritance in live-in relationships.


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