Supreme Court Strikes Down CARA Regulation on Same-Sex Adoption, Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Historic Verdict Marks a Milestone for LGBTQIA+ Rights in India

In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court has ruled against CARA regulations that restricted queer and unmarried couples from adopting children.

The verdict, which legalizes same-sex marriage, was eagerly anticipated. A five-judge constitution bench, led by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and including Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, S Ravindra Bhat, Hima Kohli, and P S Narasimha, had reserved its decision on May 11 after a marathon 10-day hearing.

During the extensive hearings, petitioners, represented by senior advocates like Mukul Rohatgi, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Raju
Ramachandran, Anand Grover, Geeta Luthra, KV Viswanathan, Saurabh Kirpal, and Menaka Guruswamy emphasized the equality rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. They argued for the recognition of unions that would enable LGBTQIA individuals to live a dignified life on par with heterosexual couples.

In contrast, the Center opposed these pleas, citing India’s legislative policy that recognizes unions exclusively between biological men and women. On May 3, the Center informed the Supreme Court of its plan to establish a committee, led by the cabinet secretary, to address the legitimate concerns of same-sex couples without delving into the question of legalizing their marriage.

Rohit Sharma

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