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Live verdict on same-sex marriage: Bench advocates LGBTQIA rights, divided opinion on legalization

Live Updates on Same-Sex Marriage Verdict in India: Supreme Court Issues Four Judgments

During the ongoing case on the legality of same-sex marriage in India, the Supreme Court has delivered four distinct judgments. Earlier, the court had suggested the petitioners explore collaboration with the government to find a middle-ground solution. The Union government has also committed to forming a committee led by the Cabinet Secretary to address social benefits for same-sex couples.

Key Excerpts from Justice S Ravindra Bhat’s Verdict:

“The state’s obligation to same-sex couples is not found in precedent but in the right to cohabit without disturbance.”
“While empathizing with the cause, the means to the end must align with legal principles.

Justice S Ravindra Bhat’s Statement:

“Marriage as an institution predates the State, and its terms are independent of it.”
“Recognizing civil unions requires legislation, not court compulsion.”
“While there is a right to a relationship under Article 21, there can’t be an unqualified right to marry as a fundamental right.”
Justice S Ravindra Bhat emphasizes the legal aspects of the issue during his judgment.

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