ADDED ON: 03/16/2023

Powerful Indian Hindu group backs government’s opposition to same-sex marriage recognition

03/15/2023 | Openly News

NEW DELHI, March 14 (Reuters) – The ideological parent of India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has backed the government position against recognising same-sex marriage, months after raising hopes with supportive comments on gay rights. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP government has opposed recognising same-sex marriage and urged the Supreme Court to reject challenges to the current legal framework lodged by LGBT couples. Final arguments in the case are due to be heard by a five-judge bench starting April 18. “Marriage can only take place between persons of opposite genders, we agree with the government’s stance on same-sex marriage,” the Press Trust of India news agency quoted Dattatreya Hosabale, a top official of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), as saying. Hosabale’s office confirmed his comments to Reuters. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had said in January that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community “should have their own private and social space as they are humans and have the right to live as others”.


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