Our Culture and Law do not recognize the concept of same-sex marriage: Center to the Delhi High Court

14 Sept 2020

Our Culture and Law do not recognize the concept of same-sex marriage: Center to the Delhi High Court

The centre has opposed a PIL filed before the Delhi High Court for recognizing the rights of the same-sex couples to get married under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1956. The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta representing the centre submitted before the Court that our culture and our laws do not recognize the concept of same-sex marriage. “As per law, a marriage is only between a husband and a wife”, the SG urged that the Hindu Marriage Act itself does not recognize the same-sex marriage.

The SG also presented that the culture of any country is codified in statutory provisions like degree of prohibited relationship, special or additional rights of wife, different age limits for husbands and wife, use of the term husband and wife, special protection of wife in criminal law such as section 498-A IPC etc.