In a first for India, high court will rule on legality of gay marriage as lesbian couple seeks protection from their families
For the first time in India, a court of law will decide whether a same-sex union is valid under the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955, the Indian Express reports.
There have been several reports of gay marriages taking place in India over the past few years, in the lead-up and aftermath of the repeal of the section of the Indian penal code that made homosexuality a criminal offense in July 2009. But it is doubtful that any of these unions was backed by a legal marriage registration. (Incidentally, neither are most Indian marriages performed by religious leaders).
According to the Express, Justice Rajan Gupta of Punjab and Haryana High Court has sought a response from Haryana on the plea of a same-sex couple seeking protection from their families after having married unofficially.
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