Plea for the review of same-sex marriage verdict to be mentioned in the Supreme Court

There was a petition submitted to the Supreme Court for a review of the October 17 verdict which was related to the refusing of the recognition of the same-sex marriages. The petition on Thursday, mentioned the Supreme Court for an open court hearing .

The bench was led by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud. Chandrachud took note of all the submissions been made by the senior advocate, Mukul Rohagi who had appeared for one of the petitioners. He said in front of the court that there was a need of review plea and it needed to be heard in open court to redress the grievances of the people belonging from the LGBTQIA+ community who continuously seek validation of same-sex marriages. Apart from the CJI D Y Chandrachud, the bench also comprised Justices J B Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Misra.

“I have not examined the (review) petition. Let me circulate it (among judges of that constitution bench),” the CJI said. The judges of the constitution bench also believed that there was some kind of ongoing level of discrimination against the queer people and it is only for that, they are in a need of the relief, Rohatgi stated. It was in the initial first week of November that a petitioner had moved to the top court in order to seek a review of the Supreme Court’s Judgement of the decision of October 17.

Although all the five judges were unanimous in refusing to provide a legal recognition to the same-sex marriages under the Special Marriage Act while observing that it is within the scope of Parliament to change the law in order to validate such unions. However, there was a majority by 3:2 in the apex court which thereby held that queer couples do not have the right of adoption.

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