Same-Sex Marriage: Why is gay marriage so controversial? Definition of Same-Sex Marriage

Ayushee JoshiPublish Date: 25 Apr, 2023

The Supreme Court is currently debating whether or not same-sex marriage, deserves to be recognised legally. The Supreme Court has just begun hearings on various petitions calling for the legal recognition of same-sex unions. Gay couples and LGBTQ+ campaigners are vociferously advocating for them. They contend that in addition to being denied the equality guaranteed by Article 14 of the Constitution, they are also denied the right to live a life of dignity guaranteed by Article 21. 

Marriage is a union of two people, not only a man and a woman, according to the petitioners' attorneys. The legislation needs to be amended to recognise the legality of same-sex marriage. Senior attorney Mukul Rohatgi, who is representing some of the petitioners, requested Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud last week to change the Special Marriage Act (SMA) to use the gender-neutral pronouns "person" in place of "man" and "woman" whenever those terms are used.  

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