Sushil Modi Objects Legalizing Gay Marriage: Says It Will Cause Havoc

Same-sex marriage

The issue of same sex marriage is very much discussed these days, now BJP senior leader in Rajya Sabha, Sushil Modi spoke out against same-sex marriages in the nation’s highest legislative body. He urged the government to vehemently oppose any such move since, according to him, it will demolish the social fibre of the country where marriage is still a sacred institution.

While same-sex relationships are acceptable, the Bihar MP said during a speech in the parliament that allowing same-sex marriages will disrupt the delicate balance of society.

“In India, same-sex marriage is neither recognized nor accepted in any personal law like Muslim Personal Law or any codified statutory laws. Same-sex marriage would cause havoc with the delicate balance of personal laws in the country,” Sushil Modi said in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

In both social and cultural contexts, Modi opposed the legalizing of same-sex relationships. He said that although such partnerships have been decriminalised in the country, marriage is still a sacred institution, therefore it was not appropriate giving same-sex partners legal status.

He also told the media that the government has opposed it in the Supreme Court in an affidavit.
After four gay couples moved the Supreme Court for the recognition of same-sex marriages, the issue came up in the upper House.

The LGBTQ community’s constitutional rights were affirmed by a 2018 ruling.

In 2018, the Supreme Court struck down a prohibition on gay sex that had been in place since colonial era and decriminalisation homosexuality.

However, the BJP-led government has refused legalising same-sex unions. On Monday, Sushil Modi echoed the view expressed in the parliament and said that a few judges shouldn’t be given power to decide such an important issue that can altar society on several levels.

“Two judges can’t decide on such an important social issue, which warrants a debate in Parliament and in society at large. Some left liberals and activists are making efforts to change the ethos of the country. I urge govt to strongly argue against same-sex marriage in court,” he said.

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