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Indian government labels same sex-marriage ‘elitist’ as supreme court hearing begins

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen

18 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The Narendra Modi-led Hindu nationalist government in India has objected against same-sex marriage. The Guardian reports on the importance of the Supreme Court hearing for LGBTQ+ rights in India.

The Indian government has expressed its vehement opposition to the legalisation of same-sex marriage, calling it an “urban elitist concept” that undermines religious and social values, as the supreme court begins hearings on the rights of LGBTQ people to be married under the law.

On Tuesday, dozens of petitions from LGBTQ couples and activists were brought before the country’s highest court as part of a collective lawsuit that is battling for the right of LGBTQ people to be married and have equality under the law.

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