Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi argued on Monday that same-sex marriages should not be legalised, claiming that doing so would "play havoc" and "change the current set up of society in the country" and that it would go against the cultural essence of the nation.
New Delhi: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi argued on Monday that same-sex marriages should not be legalised, claiming that doing so would “play havoc” and “change the current set up of society in the country” and that it would go against the cultural essence of the nation.
“Any uncodified personal laws, such as Muslim personal law, or any codified statutory laws in India do not recognise or acknowledge same-sex marriage.” Gay marriages would completely destabilise the nation’s delicate balance of personal laws. The 70-year-old former deputy chief minister of Bihar addressed the Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour.
The BJP leader’s argument against same-sex marriage follows a bench led by Chief Justice of India Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud’s decision a few days prior, on December 14, to consider transferring to itself petitions pending in high courts that seek legal recognition of same-sex marriages under the Special Marriage Act.
On November 24, the Supreme Court ordered the Union government to reply to a number of petitions demanding the legal recognition of same-sex marriages within four weeks and asked Attorney General R. Venkataramani for assistance. It’s expected that the cases will be heard in January.
In the Rajya Sabha on Monday, Modi urged the central government to strongly oppose same-sex marriage when the case is heard by the Supreme Court. The BJP leader requested the apex court not to give a judgement in favour of gay marriages “that makes the country’s cultural ethos topsy-turvy.”
Additionally, he added, “marriage is an institution where both men and women live together and continue the human chain by producing children.”