Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday delivered a verdict on same-sex marriage, opting not to legalize weddings for queer couples or grant them adoption rights. This ruling has disappointed many, including Indian athlete Dutee Chand, who expressed her hopes for Parliament to pass a law legalizing same-sex marriages.
Dutee, who plans to marry her partner Monalisa, voiced her displeasure with the court’s decision, stating that she and Monalisa have been living together for five years and are happy together. She hopes that Parliament will take the initiative to allow same-sex marriages.
Notably, Dutee’s parents, who do not support her same-sex relationship, welcomed the court’s verdict.
In a separate conversation, Dutee emphasized the importance of individual choice in marriage, comparing it to the right to vote. She highlighted that several countries have already legalized same-sex marriages and questioned why India couldn’t do the same.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage in India has sparked discussions on the need for legislative change and greater societal awareness of LGBTQ+ rights.