Thursday, January 27, 2022

‘No one is dying without a marriage certificate’: Center opposes immediate hearing on gay marriage in HC

The Central Government has opposed the immediate hearing on the petitions related to recognition of gay marriage. From Delhi High Court, the Center said that the court is still hearing the most important cases. Therefore, it should be considered according to the roster.

After the arguments of the Center, the hearing of the case till 6 July Postponed Has been done. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta presented an adjournment letter before the court for hearing the petition. He said that the country is currently dealing with an epidemic. There are other urgent matters that need to be considered. Mehta said, “As a government, our focus is on current issues in terms of urgency.” He also told the court that at this time law officers are also dealing with cases related to epidemics.

Advocate Saurabh Kripal, appearing for the petitioners, said that the government should be neutral and the court would have to determine the urgency. Dr. Maneka Guruswamy, another lawyer appearing on behalf of the petitioners, told the court that this was also needed for admission and treatment in hospitals. In response to this, Mehta said, “Marriage certificate is not required for hospitals. No one is dying without a marriage certificate. “

Earlier, clarifying its stand on same-sex marriage, the Central Government had told the High Court that the same sex couple should not be considered as Indian partners and there is no fundamental right to recognize it. The Center had said, “In our country, despite the legal recognition of the relationship between a man and a woman, marriage necessarily depends on age, customs, practices, cultural ethos and social values.”

Significantly, a petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court demanding recognition of same-sex marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act. The petition has been filed by Abhijeet Iyer Mitra, Gopi Shankar M, Geeti Thadani and G Oravasi. The petitioners state that the Hindu Marriage Act permits the marriage of any two Hindus. It does not say that marriage should be between man and woman. Therefore, homosexuals should also have the right to marry and their marriage should be recognized.

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