The Supreme Court of India has said that same-sex marriages are not just for people who live in cities. This comes after arguments were made for legalizing gay marriage. The Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud, responded to the government’s claim that these petitions only represent “urban elitist views.” He said that the government has no data to support this claim. People cannot be discriminated against based on characteristics they cannot control, like sexual orientation. The Chief Justice argued that since being gay is an innate characteristic, it counters the idea that same-sex marriage is only for urban elitists.
The government is against the Supreme Court hearing the case and believes that the legislature should decide whether to legalize gay marriage. They argue that the popular will of the people should be followed when it comes to personal laws. If the people want a certain definition of marriage, then the legislature should make it legal. The government believes that this democratic will should not be negated by a judicial order.
In summary, the Supreme Court believes that same-sex marriage is not just for people who live in cities and that discrimination based on innate characteristics is not acceptable. The government disagrees and thinks that the legislature should decide whether to legalize gay marriage based on the will of the people.