Centre to SC: Let Parliament decide on same-sex marriages

The Centre's representative, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, acknowledged that the Apex court is handling a subject of great complexity with significant social ramifications.

During the fifth day of the hearing on Wednesday (April 26), the Centre, represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, urged the five-judge Constitution bench, led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, to allow Parliament to address the issues raised in pleas for legalizing same-sex marriages.

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Mehta emphasised the complexity of the issue and its profound social impact, questioning who has the authority to define marriage and for whom. He also noted that legalising same-sex marriages would affect various state legislatures and require public discussion.

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The bench also included Justices SK Kaul, SR Bhat, Hima Kohli, and PS Narasimha.

The case is still being heard, and further information is yet to be disclosed.