Oct 17, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
India’s highest court has refused to legalize same-sex marriages, turning the responsibility back to Parliament.
The ruling that came down Tuesday was disappointing to campaigners for LGBTQ+ rights in the world’s most populous country.
The chief justice also called on the Indian government to uphold the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and end discrimination against them.
Earlier this year the court heard 21 petitions that sought to legalize same-sex marriage.
Over the past decade legal rights for LGBTQ+ people in India have been expanding, largely as a result of the Supreme Court’s intervention.
Five years ago the court struck down a colonial-era law that had made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison.