‘Same-sex marriage would cause complete havoc…’: BJP MP Sushil Modi argues in Rajya Sabha
The issue was raised after the Supreme Court gave the government time till January 6 to respond to two pleas seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages in the country.
New Delhi: During the Zero Hour of the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, BJP MP Sushil Modi on December 19 called same-sex marriages ‘unacceptable’. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Modi gave the argument of personal laws to prove his point. The issue was raised after the Supreme Court gave the government time till January 6 to respond to two pleas seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages in the country.
MP Sushil Modi said that in India, same-sex marriage is neither recognised nor accepted in any uncodified personal law or any codified statutory laws. He gave the example of like Muslim Personal Law to prove his point. He added that same-sex marriage would cause ‘havoc’. He argued that domestic violence, the rights given to wives and children, all are connected with the institution of marriage.
Same sex marriage should not be legalised
Raised during Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha pic.twitter.com/eFmmUO9qU9
— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) December 19, 2022
He also said that two judges cannot decide on such a social issue, which warrants a debate in the Parliament and in society. He asked the judiciary to not pass any order ‘against the cultural ethos of India’ and asked the government to oppose the idea of same-sex marriages. He also talked about some activists and ‘left liberals’ trying to change the ethos of the nation.
In 2018, the SC overturned a colonial-era law, decriminalising homosexuality. The decriminalising of IPC Section 377 gave recognition and rights to the LGBTQ+ community and recognised same-sex relationships. Though a five-judge bench, including, former CJI Dipak Misra recognised consensual homosexual acts between adults, the Parliament and society are miles away from giving social rights and recognition to homosexual acts.