Indian government is likely to oppose any petition for same-sex marriage. Days after Supreme court decriminalised part of the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises consensual gay sex, saying it was irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary, it seems that the Union government would oppose any demand from the LGBT community.
Sunil Mehra, a petitioner in the section 377 case, is ready for a fight on this issue. “If equality of LGBTQ persons is now a fundamental right, then right to marry, bequeath property, share insurance are all part of this. We are asking for right respect and dignity and it is unconstitutional and impudent to deny that. I am astounded at people who say that we cannot get these rights,” he said to the media.
At the level of the Bharatiya Janata Party, they are likely to accept any change as the party consider that same-sex marriages are not compatible with norms of nature and they won’t support them. On the other side, the Congress leave it to the government to formulate a position after which they will respond.
Despite Court verdict, govt set to oppose same-sex marriage