A change of heart

A heartfelt letter to the Chief Justice, appealing for the consideration of marriage equality, emphasises why it is such an emotive issue for so many parents

Chintan Girish Modi
A change of heart

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A Constitution bench of India’s Supreme Court, comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice S Ravindra Bhat, Justice Hima Kohli and Justice P S Narasimha, began hearing a batch of petitions related to marriage equality on April 18. The court hearings ended on May 11, and the judgment is eagerly awaited. Homosexual relations were decriminalised with the reading down of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, thanks to the apex court’s verdict in 2018. Marriage equality would be another big step.
While arguments in favour of and against marriage equality were being made in court, Sweekar: The Rainbow Parents —a support group for parents of LGBTQIA+ Indians — sent an open letter to the CJI. The letter states, “We are more than 400+ parents from the length and breadth of the nation. We are appealing to you to consider the plea for marriage equality.”
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First Published: May 12 2023 | 11:04 PM IST

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