The Supreme Court of India has rejected a plea to legalize gay marriage in a split verdict of 3-2. The court held that the legalization of gay marriage can only be done by the Legislature and that any attempt by the court to do so would amount to encroaching upon the field set for the Legislature.
Catholic Church’s reaction:
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India hailed the verdict, saying that it reaffirms the institution of traditional marriage, rooted in the sacred teachings and values held by the Catholic Church and many other faiths.
The bishops also noted that the church emphasizes the need to treat individuals with same-sex attractions with respect, compassion, and sensitivity, rejecting any unjust discrimination.
Syro-Malabar Church’s reaction:
The Syro-Malabar Church, which follows its own oriental rite and is based in southern Kerala state, also welcomed the verdict, saying that it upholds the dignity of family and pro-life values.
The Supreme Court’s verdict on gay marriage is a setback for the LGBTQ+ community in India, but it is important to note that the court has recognized the rights of same-sex couples in other areas, such as the right to cohabit and the right to inherit property.
It is possible that the Legislature may legalize gay marriage in the future, but for now, the law remains unchanged.