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Same-Sex Marriage Verdict LIVE Updates: SC refuses to give marriage equality rights to LGBTQIA+ community in India

Same-Sex Marriage Verdict LIVE Updates: The Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on the legal recognition of same-sex marriage today ie. on 17 October. The apex court had reserved its judgment on 11 May on a batch of pleas seeking legal validation for same-sex marriage. The five-judge Constitution bench that was hearing the pleas comprised Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices SK Kaul, SR Bhat, Hima Kohli and PS Narasimha. During the course of hearings, the petitioners said that “India is a marriage-based culture” and that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) couples should be granted the same rights as any heterosexual couples have, like the status of “spouse” in finance and insurance issues; medial, inheritance, and succession decisions, and even in adoption and surrogacy matters.