The government has informed the Delhi HC that it has prepared its reply to petitions seeking the legal recognition of same-sex marriage
The Delhi High Court on Thursday adjourned the batch of petitions it is hearing for legalisation of same-sex marriages under the Hindu Marriage Act, the Special Marriage Act, and the Foreign Marriage Act to 20 April.
The government has informed the Delhi HC that it has prepared its reply to petitions seeking the legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Back in October and November last year, the high court had issued notice to the government on three pleas regarding the legalisation of same-sex marriages.
In the last hearing, the Bench headed by Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw had extended a final opportunity for the Centre to file its reply before adjourning the matter to today.
Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the reply has been prepared and is in the process of being affirmed. He added that the reply would be filed during the course of the day. The Delhi HC has taken this submission on record.
After dates were given by the Court for the filing of counter-affidavit and rejoinders, the matter was posted for further hearing on 20 April.
The petitioners have submitted that denying recognition to same-sex couples amounts to a violation of Articles, 14, 15, 19, and 21 of the Indian Constitution.