Constitution bench to hear final arguments over same-sex marriages

Final arguments over legal recognition to same-sex marriages in India will be heard on April 18 by a five-judge Constitution bench, the Supreme Court said.

Any decision on the subject would have a huge bearing on society, the Supreme Court commented, calling it ” a matter of seminal importance”.
The hearing will be live-streamed on the Supreme Court website and on YouTube.

“This judgment will have a huge bearing on society – don’t cut down anyone’s time and this must be considered,” a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said.

“We are of the view that it would be appropriate if the issues raised are resolved by the bench of five judges of this court with due regard to Article 145(3) of the Constitution. Thus, we direct it to be placed before a constitution bench,” the judges said.

Article 145 (3) says at least five judges should decide on any case involving a substantial question of law related to the interpretation of the constitution.

At least four gay couples have in recent months asked the court to recognise same-sex marriages, arguing that the right to marry a person of one’s choice should extend to the LGBTQ community.