Queerness is not urban elite, says CJI Chandrachud in Same-Sex Marriage Case, ET LegalWorld | Court Practice News

Homosexuality or queerness is not an urban concept or restricted to the upper classes of the society, says CJI DY Chandrachud in Marriage Equality Case, popularly known as Same Sex Marriage.

CJI further while pronouncing judgment said that, it is not an English-speaking man with a white-collar man who can claim to be queer but equally a woman working in an agricultural job in a village.

He added that, to image that queer people exist only in urban and elite spaces is to erase them. Thus, all those who live in cities can’t be termed as elite as queerness can be regardless of one’s caste or class or socio-economic status.

A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud and comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, S Ravindra Bhat, Hima Kohli and PS Narasimha had reserved the verdict on May 11 for judgment this year of which the hearing started hearing on April 18, 2023, after a ten-day hearing, as the top court was called to decide on a batch of pleas seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages, as these petitions collectively challenged the provisions of the Special Marriage Act 1954, Hindu Marriage Act 1955, and the Foreign Marriage Act 1969.

[Written by Kumar Aditya (kumar.aditya@timesinternet.in)]

  • Published On Oct 17, 2023 at 11:15 AM IST

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