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Dutee Chand On Supreme Court Verdict On Same-Sex Marriage LGBTQ

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Dutee Chand On Supreme Court Verdict On Same-Sex Marriage LGBTQ


The Supreme Court of India passed its verdict on same-sex marriage on Tuesday (October 17), declining to legalise marriages between queer couples or grant them the right to adopt children. The five-judge bench’s refusal to sanction same-sex marriages is rooted not in a fundamental opposition to marriage equality but in legal technicalities and concerns related to judicial legislation.

Many queer inviduals had eagerly awaited the apex court’s ruling, and Dutee Chand, who came out as India’s first openly gay professional athlete in Ma 2019, was among them. The spinter expressed her feelings after the outcome and expressed hope that the parliament would enact a law to legalise same-sex marriages.

Her courageous decision to come out publicly was met with a barrage of criticism from her family, particularly after she announced that she was in a same-sex relationship.

We have every right to make our own decisions: Dutee Chand 

“I plan to marry my partner Monalisa. But the decision of the top court has upset all plans. I have been living with Monalisa for five years. We are happy together, and as adults, we have every right to make our own decisions. We hope Parliament passes a law allowing same-sex marriages,” Dutee was quoted as saying by Times of India.

Dutee’s parents, who disapprove of her same-sex relationship with Monalisa, on the other hand, welcomed the verdict.

We should also be allowed to lead a life as per our choice: Dutee Chand 

In another conversation, the sprinter stressed that everyone should have the right to marry the person of their choice, just as they have the right to vote. She also pointed out that many other countries have already legalised same-sex marriages.

“We are not forcing anyone to be in a relationship with us. We do it by our choice. I think we should also be allowed to lead a life as per our choice. Why can’t we lead a normal life? Several countries have granted recognition to same-sex marriage; what is the problem to legalise it in India?”

“Like the queer people have the right to vote, they should also be allowed to marry a person of their choice,” she said in a conversation with Indian Express.

In parts, Dutee also appreciated the court’s decision and urged the government to raise awareness among the public about the rights of queer couples.

“I welcome the apex court direction to sensitise the public about the rights of queer people and the decision to create safe houses for queer couples,” she said.

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