'Our law, society, values do not recognise same-sex marriage': Centre tells Delhi HC
New Delhi/IBNS: The central government on Monday told the Delhi High Court that the Indian law, society and values do not recognise the same-sex marriage, opposing a plea seeking recognition and registration of the nuptials between two individuals of same gender under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1956, media reports said.
"Our law, society, values don’t recognise marriage- which is a sacrament- between a same-sex couple," Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta submitted in the high court, as quoted by The Indian Express.
Mehta also said that the Supreme Court's judgement "merely decriminalizes homosexuality or lesbians. Nothing more, nothing less."
The court has adjourned the case till October.
In a historic judgement that can be called a milestone in the movement for gay rights in India, the Supreme Court in 2018 ruled that homosexuality is not a crime in the country with the top court moving to scrap Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a British era law that treated the practice as unnatural.